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 +

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A day of numerical coincidences.

Today, is a day of numerical coincidences, or hidden relationships between numbers. Today, is the 14th of February...and I am 41 years old: same numerals, different order. This is the only time in my life in which such a thing will happen. It is a crossover point. It is also, curiously, halfway through a typical life, where I come from.

Yesterday, I said to Ainan: "Tomorrow is a special day: can you guess why?"

He paused and then observed: "Well the month is a prime number - and the day is one more than a prime number."

"No, Ainan. It is my birthday."

In a way, I thought the moment characteristic of Ainan, who sees the remote so easily.

So, today I am 41. There are hints of surprises to come, today...but I don't know what they are, since they are surprises. However, personally, I am surprised enough just to know that I am 41. It seems like an awfully big number for the little time it took to get here.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone...I've got a birthday to celebrate.

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Blogger Miao said...

Happy birthday!

2:52 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday. may Allah bless u.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

I hope you have a Happy Birthday. Today is my wedding anniversary (6 years) so I will be celebrating as well.

Take Care.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you Shannon...and a Happy Anniversary to you and your husband.

Best wishes

2:32 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you for your blessing. It is appreciated.

Best wishes.

2:33 AM  
Blogger Girl, Look At You! said...

Goodness, it seems that it was only yesterday that I was reading about your encounter with belly dancers at your birthday party last year; the years really should give more consideration to time. I find it really annoying when they asynchronize like that. :)

I hope you have a birthday that you will remember as fondly as your last birthday celebration!

5:43 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said... has gone by rather quickly.

Thank you for your well wishes.

7:35 AM  

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