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, January 30, 2009

Tiarnan's gift for daddy.

A couple of days ago, Tiarnan, just turned three, a few days ago, did something strange and wonderful for me.

We were sitting at a bus stop, waiting to go into town together. He turned to me suddenly and said: "Daddy close your eyes!"

He always does this when he is about to present a surprise.

I did as he asked and closed my eyes.

Then, after a while, I opened them.

His arms stretched out, pointing at the road and he said: "Duh duuuh!"

Tiarnan had just introduced the world to me and more specifically the road, as a surprise.

I laughed out loud, for I understood in his gesture, echoes of other things. For me, it seemed like the act of an artist, to present the world as a surprise - yet Tiarnan had done just that.

He was laughing with me, mischief in his eyes.

Tiarnan is a child who manages to surprise, not just by what he does, but by what he thinks. Here he thought to present the world as a surprise. There seems to me to be a great profundity in that, in a way. Knowing him, I fully expect that profundity to be intended in some way.

Actually, the funny thing is that he DID surprise me. By presenting the road to me, in this way, he could not have done anything more unexpected. He had, therefore, managed to create a surprise out of the most unsurprising thing: a road filled with passing cars. Perhaps that was just his intention, to surprise with the unsurprising.

How surprising he is.

(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.. the world is just too awesome! :)

10:06 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

It was a beautiful moment...and he did actually manage to surprise me!

10:14 PM  

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