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, December 09, 2009

One hotel too many.

A couple of days ago, I was startled into an understanding that my children had been spending a little too much time in hotels, recently.

We were in a large house in Malaysia, and the boys were enjoying looking around. As they ran from room to room, driven by the kind of curiosity only young children seem to possess, Fintan suddenly stopped as he passed me by, and raised his head to look up at me:

"Daddy, could you take me to the Business Centre?", he asked, in all seriousness.

I didn't laugh. I could have, but I didn't. I understood why he had asked that. Everywhere we had been - all three hotels - had had a "Business Centre" where the kids had used the computers to play games. So, he had grasped the idea that, in Malaysia, every building in which people live, has a "Business Centre".

"Fintan, this is a house. It doesn't have a Business Centre."

He looked momentarily unimpressed - surely, everywhere that was anywhere, should have its own Business Centre? I realized then, that we had been spending a little too much time, in hotels.

He ran off, knowing he wouldn't find a Business Centre, but still in open-minded search of what he might find.

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