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, June 22, 2009

Fintan turns down Superhero opportunity.

A couple of days ago, Syahidah my wife, made an interesting proposition to Fintan, five.

"Fintan", she began, with the air of something important to come.

He looked up at her, hearing her tone and waited.

"If I sent you to a hospital and they could replace your arms and legs with metal ones - and made you superstrong, would you do that?"

His consideration took but an instant.

"No. Because then I would be heavy."

His eyes seemed to weary at the prospect of dragging so much weight around. That, therefore, put paid to Fintan's transformation into a superhero. He would rather be light on his feet, than clank around all day, great in strength, yes...but, more importantly to him, great in weight too.

As for my perspective: Fintan doesn't need to change, to become a "superhero"...for he is a hero, enough for me, such is his spirit. Be just the way you are Fintan - for that is more than enough.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 11:03 PM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

every child is a hero in the eyes of their parents

4:03 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

That is true. However, in some cases, the parents are right...

Thanks for your comment.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont get what you mean by the parents are right :S

1:10 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

I mean that, in some cases, it is not just parental bias that comes to a particular view of a child but, in fact, it is an accurate assessment of who they are. Don't forget that the parents, of all people, know their children's characters better than any outsider.


11:34 AM  

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