A mother in the eyes of her child.
There is something inherently welcome about the observations of a young child. They are always more direct, more honest and more true than those of an adult. The child has yet to learn discretion and censorship, and has not learnt the value of choosing words carefully, to create an effect. If the child says they see something, then that is what they see: their words are not made for the world, but are of the world.
A few days ago, Tiarnan, three, came into our room, as Syahidah had recently risen from bed. She was dressed in a new well-made cotton night dress.
Tiarnan paused on seeing her, surprise in his delighted eyes.
"You look very pretty!", he exclaimed, "Just like a Princess!"
Syahidah was touched, for she knew that if Tiarnan said that was what he saw, then that was what he saw. His words were not made of idle flattery...but were what he thought to be true.
Syahidah had never worn that style of night clothing before, so Tiarnan was rather surprised to see her in it. Yet, his feelings on the matter were deep ones. Each time he saw her wear that dress over the next couple of days, he would compliment her anew. So, not only did Tiarnan make Syahidah's day...he made most of her week, too.
Thank you, Tiarnan, for your kind words on your mummy...or is that Princess Syahidah?
(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:http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2006/10/scientific-child-prodigy-guide.html 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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