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, October 20, 2008

The imagination of a child.

Tiarnan, two, is an imaginative child, even as children go, I think.

The other day he reported, in all seriousness, something to his mother: "I saw two cockroaches...five cockroaches. They were brushing their teeth (he paused to let the image sink in), washing their hands (he paused to let the image sink in), having a bubble bath."

Syahidah, a little surprised at this story, checked each fact with him, "You saw cockroaches brushing their teeth?"

"Yes." he said with a certain nod.

"You saw cockroaches washing their hands?"

"Yes." he said with a certain nod.

"You saw cockroaches having a bubble bath."

"Yes. Just now." he said with a certain nod.

Wow. What a wonderful world young children live in - where even the cockroaches maintain the highest standards of hygiene.

I think all of our children display varying degrees of wackiness in their imaginations. It may be that Tiarnan turns out to be the wackiest of all (though he has stiff competition from Fintan, I think).

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and seven months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, five years exactly, and Tiarnan, twenty-eight 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.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehehe..children r really unique. loves watching them doing something,the way they're talking, playing,etc,etc..

11:01 PM  

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