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, December 19, 2009

Tiarnan's morning toast.

Tiarnan, three, is one of those children whose youthful energy invariably makes anyone older than six feel geriatric. This superabundance of life-force is particularly evident first thing in the morning, when he is brighter and perkier than even a small star could be.

This morning, his face shone with his early morning intensity. He looked up at his mother on sighting her and said, cheerily: "Here's to another episode of Tiarnan!"

What a wonderful expression...and how interesting is the viewpoint that had to give rise to it. He has likened his world to a television series, with each day, an episode. I suppose he is not far wrong, since he has begun a new life, in a new country and each day has its new adventures, here. Then again, I wonder at what he means when he compares his life to TV...after all, his most recent TV experience has been the remake of The Prisoner, with Ian McKellen (as Number Two) and Jim Caviezel (as Number Six). One wonders if he is likening his own life, therefore, to the bizarre world of The Prisoner, where all are supposedly free, but none are, in actuality. He has watched no other TV series in the past couple of weeks, so if he has a particular series in mind, it is most likely to be that one.

Whatever he means, I can only agree to his toast: "Here's to another episode of Tiarnan!", indeed.

(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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