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 +

Thursday, June 24, 2010

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A few days ago, Tiarnan, four, looked seriously at his mother. There was a question in his eyes.

"What do you want to be when you grow up, Mummy?"

She could have laughed, but she didn't. The surprise of the question, silenced her, for a moment. Tiarnan leapt into that moment.

"Will you be my mummy?"

"Yes, Tiarnan.", she smiled, the kind of smile that one is generally unaware of - one made whilst focussed on something else: in this case, Tiarnan himself.

"What do you want to be Tiarnan, when you grow up?" she said, not answering his question, but posing her own.

"Carnage!", he said, immediately imagining himself as this powerful superhero - supervillain, actually.

She laughed, because little Tiarnan is about as far as one could imagine from the fearsome Carnage, character. He is Spiderman's most powerful adversary, and has greater strength and reflexes than Spiderman, though without his enhanced senses.

Syahidah didn't know how to take Tiarnan's question, which is why she didn't really answer it, for him. Was it because Tiarnan thinks she looks very young? Is it because she is much smaller than his Daddy, so he might think that she has some "growing up" to do? She didn't know - and has yet to find out. Perhaps that will be the tale of another post.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, 10, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, 6 and Tiarnan, 4, this month, please go to:

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 3:29 PM 


Anonymous Casandra Ramirez said...

Hello Mr. Cawley.

I have some questions regarding your children's education.
Are they taking any special classes?
I had read that Ainan had to go to primary school still, how did that work out?
How about Tiarnan and Fintan? Have they showed interest in a particular subject, like Ainan with Chemistry?(Beautiful names, by the way)
What are Ainan's plans for the future?

Well, thank you for reading and I apologise for my english.

Casandra Ramirez

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Casandra Ramirez said...

I don't know if you saw this, but there's a thread in a Stormfront forum that's been taken from your blog:

It's very disturbing. They turned it into an ethnic hate thread, but that shouldn't surprise me at all, being a white supremacist movement.

10:22 PM  

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