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 +

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Why mosquitoes bite.

About two weeks ago, I was walking with Tiarnan, in our fairly green area of Kuala Lumpur. The light was fading and the sun slumping in the sky.

Suddenly, I slapped the back of my neck.

Tiarnan, three, looked up at me, quizzically. "Why did you do that, Daddy?"

"A mosquito bit me.", I explained.

He nodded, with the wisdom of a pint sized Yoda, "Because Daddy is so nice!"

Unexpectedly, I felt quite a lot better about being bitten by the mosquito. I rather liked Tiarnan's reasoning: I was being targeted by mosquitoes because I was "so nice!" How sweet of him to think so. The most touching thing of all, though, was that he really seemed to believe it, such was his earnest nodding. He had no doubt at all in him that he had divined the reason for the mosquito's attack.

So, Tiarnan, the next time I get bitten by a mosquito, I will take it as a compliment to my character. Thank you, my boy!

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Blogger The Crunch Time Blogger said...

Children are pure, they tend to look at the brighter side of life, this is something adult should learn from.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes. He - and they - see the world in a much more beautiful way than a typical adult can manage. Perhaps we should all try seeing the world, sometimes, through the eyes of a child.

Best wishes

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sweet. I'll try to remember this the next time a mosquito bites me again, and again, and again...

Therefore, a particularly large swelling must mean extremely strong feelings of admiration on the part of the mosquito. :)

9:37 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes, indeed, Carina...those mozzies just love you.

Take care!

12:24 AM  

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