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 +

Friday, August 08, 2008

Ainan discovers Gravity, the hard way.

Everyone has heard the legend of Newton and his apple tree. Everyone knows that a falling apple is supposed to have inspired his insight into gravitation. Ainan, however, found another way to examine the issue of gravity.

Two days ago, when Ainan was on a swing in a playground, he was momentarily distracted and looked away from what he should have been paying attention to. This proved to be a mistake. Ainan fell face first from the swing, as it swung backwards. He reached out to break his fall with his left hand (being left-handed). Ouch. It hurt.

The pain accompanied him all the way home. It stayed with him as he lay recovering on the couch in front of the TV. It endured through all of his mother's soothing words. It even lay with him in bed that night. Syahidah told him: "If it is still painful in the morning, then we will know you have done something to it and we will take you to the Doctor."

In the morning, it was still painful. Ainan had slept the whole night with his arm bent across his chest as if in an invisible sling.

It was decided to take him to the Doctor since this looked like more than a bruising. The Doctor duly had the arm X-rayed. The arm had bent, near the wrist, in a zigzag fashion. So it was "broken" but not quite in the way an adult's arm would be, for his was more flexible than an adult's bone. The Doctor termed it a "buckle fracture".

His broken arm has been placed in a cast - and yes, now he has a visible sling, so there is no need for him to imagine one. The Doc says it will be a month before he can be without it.

So, now, Ainan has a month without the joys of penmanship and written homework. I am sure that, at his age, this must be a great burden!

I asked him about his attitude to the swings after this.

"I will still go on the swings." He said, determined not to be thwarted by something as inconsequential as Gravity.

I hope he takes better care next time. This time it was a broken arm...I dread to think what might get broken next.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 12:55 PM 


Anonymous Shannon said...

Wishing Ainan a speedy recovery

11:38 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you, Shannon, for your well-wishes. They are appreciated. I will pass them on to Ainan.

Kind regards

11:57 AM  

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