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 +

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tiarnan's uncanny book choice.

The other day, Tiarnan, three, was in the library. Now, unusually, perhaps, he concerned himself not with a book for himself, but a book for Daddy.

He wandered about the shelves, with his observant eye scanning the options on display. Suddenly, he pointed at a particular book and got his mother to get it for him.

"This is for Daddy.", he announced, clutching the book.

Can you guess what Tiarnan had selected out of all the books in the library, for his Daddy to read?

Have a good think about what he might choose.

Well, he selected: "The 100 most influential scientists", by Britannica, with an introduction by John Gribbin. I thought it was a most uncanny choice. It was weird because it is a close match to my interests...yet how on Earth could he have known? I have never read a book like it, in his presence, since he was born. Yet, he managed to choose something I would genuinely be interested in, out of all the books in the library.

On the cover is an image of Albert Einstein, staring mysteriously into the camera. I thought, maybe, he connected that face to Daddy's interests...yet the photo is on the front, not on the spine which would have been facing outwards.

Anyway, for whatever reason he chose it, and by whatever intuition he was guided to make the choice, I was touched in two ways: firstly, that he thought to choose a book for me at all - and secondly, that he ended up making such an appropriate choice.

Thank you, Tiarnan, for thinking of Daddy!

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Blogger Christine said...

That was sweet of him. It's also great that he knows what you like.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes, it was sweet. He is a socially perceptive boy and notices every little thing. It will be interesting to see how he grows up.

Thanks for your comment.

6:56 PM  

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