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 +

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Retro Kid "Hippy".

There is a hippy in our house. He is very short but definitely a hippy.

He doesn't have long hair. He has curly hair. It is not his fault if it won't grow long in the traditional hippy manner. However, he has a signature which is definitely pure "hippiness".

I heard it today. He was trying to load his favourite computer game onto my computer (which he usurped with great, unchallengeable authority, by simply ignoring me), when something untoward happened: there was nothing but silence at the opening credits - the sound was down.

"Oh Maaaan!", he said, just like a Sixties hippy would have done, in the same circumstance. He said it again, a moment later, when something else wasn't right: "Oh Man!".

The "hippy" of the house is little Tiarnan, aged two. It is hilarious to hear this little boy of the 21st Century sounding so much like a hippy of the sixties, in his choice of words - and the long, lazy way in which he says this catchphrase. The mystery of it is where he ever heard the phrase at all: you see, none of us have ever said it around him, or indeed at all. We just don't say: "Oh Man!"

I can only presume that he must have heard it on television once, and now echoed not only the phrase, but the manner of its phrasing - the pacing, the long drawn out expression and the stress on "Man". The whole effect is that one is in the presence of a toddler hippy.

It is a funny household in which even the littlest ones sometimes seem like little old men. Or should I say: "Oh Man!"

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Blogger Miao said...

Haha. Tiarnan is cute!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Indeed he is, Miao. Thanks.

8:53 PM  

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