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, September 07, 2008

A child's response to Wall-e.

Ainan saw Wall-e with us all, a few days ago. His response to it was most interesting. He didn't just talk about it, he actually did something.

When he got home, Ainan drew all the characters in Wall-e that interested him. He drew them with a biro in a notebook and labelled them all. What particularly struck me was that each character was recognizable - and was given its appropriate name - yet he had only just seen the show once. Ainan had absorbed the physical esssence of each character and was able to reproduce them, in pen, later.

He drew images of the following characters from memory: Mo, Eve, Van-go, Buf-4, Go-4, Brl-A, Auto, Wall-e, Wall-a, Pr-t, D-fib, L-t, Vak-uum, Han-S. To me that seems an awful lot of different characters to register in sufficient detail to be able to actually draw a good likeness of each of them later. Yet, Ainan did just that.

To my mind, Wall-e struck Ainan deeply enough that he had to respond to it in a creative manner in some way. His response was to draw every character, perhaps to capture the experience for himself in his own way.

For me, the most memorable aspect of the film will now be the way Ainan responded to it. Though I must say the film itself is an enjoyable comment on modern life - and a warning about it, too. See it, if you haven't already.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 9:52 PM 


Anonymous Shannon said...

Wow!!! Ainan has such an incredible visual memory. I've already forgotten half of those characters. Perhaps it's time to watch Wall-e again.

4:24 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes, he has. His visual absorbency has surprised me many times in his life - EVEN THOUGH I KNOW HE CAN DO IT. It can be quite uncanny.

I hope he retains it throughout his life and that he doesn't "grow out of it." That would be a pity.

Kind regards.

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ainan might be interested in the CTY's Spatial Test Battery

There is a sample test to try.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow~ what Ainan did was amazing.

hum, how is Ainan doing in this fasting month?

2:57 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Re. CTY,

Thanks. I will see if he is interested.

Best wishes.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

He is doing just fine.


5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ainan can go far if he remains in this level or above the level. all the best.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Miao said...

Ainan is such an observant and gifted boy! I don't even know some of the characters he drew. Very impressive!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you. I hope so too.


6:40 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes, Ainan is very observant. It is a quality that suits him well to be either an artist or a scientist - for good practitioners of both disciplines must be effective observers.

Thank you, Miao.

Kind regards

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is truly wonderful. I would very much like to see some of his drawings. :)

11:30 PM  

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