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, November 30, 2008

Fintan's way with movement.

A couple of weeks ago, Fintan, five, came home from a kid's function, clutching two teddy bears joined together, in an eternal embrace. They were white and fluffy and rather sweet. I thought it rather generous of the hosts to be giving out teddy bears to the guests and never thought to ask why he had them. Later, I found out.

Eventually, Syahidah told me that Fintan had won the teddy bears in a rather unusual fashion. There had been a dance competition among all the children present, and Fintan was adjudged to be the most interesting dancer. He showed us what he had done to win, by re-enacting his dance. I could see why he had won: his moves were choreographed and quite imaginative. It was funny, however, to see him dance, for it was so unexpected, given his sturdy appearance.

I thought it was very telling that Fintan had won a dance competition - because a couple of months ago, Syahidah had won one too (though I didn't post of it then). She had won us some tickets to a show, by coming first in a dance competition, in a club. So, it seems, Fintan has inherited this particular flair from his mother.

Well done, to both of them, mother and son alike!

(Note that Fintan did not know there would be a dance competition at the children's event. Thus, he improvised the choreography of his dance, on the spur of the moment, rising to the challenge...and winning. I am very proud that he did so.)

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