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 +

Monday, July 21, 2008

The most important cargo in the world.

Yesterday, Fintan, five, came to me with a newspaper. His right forefinger jabbed at a photo that had caught his attention.

"Why are these men standing on boxes?"

"They are cargo boxes."

"There is a car inside?" He said, his eyes opening wide at this revelation.

"No. They are used to take things into the country. There can be anything inside: food, or clothes..."

"Or toys?", he added, hopefully, contemplating these pictured boxes with new found respect.

"Yes, or toys."

He was content at last. They were boxes of toys, carrying the most important cargo in the world.

I found myself smiling at his words. His world view is so appealing, in its priorities. It is relaxing, in a way, just to listen to his thoughts unfold. They follow a path called "childhood" and speak of things from a perspective I have long forgotten. To speak to him, is to take myself back to a time when toys were the most important thing in all the world.

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