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 +

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Tiarnan's sense of mischief.

Tiarnan is a mischievous boy, in the funniest of ways. An incident on the 20th of May, 2008, is typical of this twenty-seven month old toddler.

Tiarnan, Fintan and Ainan were on a bus with their mother. This, of course, is a challenge in itself, since there is no telling what the three boys will get up to.

Nearby there were two Caucasian men. They did not appear to be together.

Suddenly, Tiarnan, who had been looking at one of them, pointed at him and said: "Daddy!...Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!".

The man looked shocked.

Then Fintan, four, and Ainan, eight, picked up Tiarnan's mischievous cue.

"Daddy!", they cried, together, "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!", pointing at the man.

He looked terribly embarrassed and seemed as if he wished he were invisible, at that point, as the entire busload of passengers stared at him.

The other Caucasian man thought this was hilarious, and ruptured with ongoing laughter.

Was Tiarnan confused by some close resemblance to his father, of this stranger? Not at all. The man didn't look like me in the least. Tiarnan was just having fun at the expense of a stranger - and perhaps calling attention to the fact that this man was white, like his dad. He didn't see many Caucasians in his daily life.

As for Tiarnan's elder brothers - they just couldn't resist joining in, on the joke, too.

I bet that is one bus journey the Caucasian stranger will never forget.

(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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