The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Surprise at McDonalds, Singapore.

What do you think of employees of McDonald's restaurants? Are they paying attention to the world or is it all a blur to them?

The other day, I got to find out.

I queued at a McDonald's restaurant that I had not visited for six months. As I got to the front, I recognized the staff member as someone who used to serve me. I wondered, then, if she would remember me.

She looked up at me, smiled and said: "Will that be coffee to go?"

I was quietly impressed: among all the other customers she had ever served, and across a gap of six months, she had remembered my accustomed order.

I rather get the feeling that some of the staff who work at such places could handle more complex jobs, if only they were given the opportunity: she certainly could.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and five months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and ten months, and Tiarnan, twenty-seven months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, Singapore, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, precocity, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, wunderkind, wonderkind, genio, гений ребенок prodigy, genie, μεγαλοφυία θαύμα παιδιών, bambino, kind, niño, gênio criança, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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