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 +

Monday, February 22, 2010

On being determined.

Tiarnan is small, but mighty - not in strength, but in heart. (Though he is pretty strong, too.)

Yesterday, Tiarnan's mother, Syahidah, wanted to get him to do something, so she asked him to come to her.

He stiffened a little at her words and looked up at her, his little brow furrowed: "I am on a MISSION!", he said, emphatically, making it clear that he wasn't going to join her.

"Oh.", she replied, somewhat taken aback. "Carry on, then."

"Thank you.", he said, relaxing and turning back to his "mission" - making a painting.

It was an instructive moment in the life of Tiarnan. He is a little boy who sets his mind to something, then doggedly pursues it, until it is done. I think this is a very helpful quality and I hope to see it endure through his life. Should he retain this gift of personality, I can see him overcoming any number of challenges, to meet his goals. Today, he overcame the will of his mother, so as to create what was in his mind's eye. She was pleased to see his strength of will and not in the least put out, that he had refused her. It is a good sign that he should be so determined. Long may he continue to be.

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