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, July 24, 2010

The way to a boy's heart.

"Who wants hugs?", asked Syahidah, of our three sons, a few days ago.

Fintan spoke first: "Me!", he said, hurrying forward.

It was I who actually gave him a hug - a warm embrace of appreciation. He snuggled into it for a moment then suddenly broke away: "Hugs and CHIPS!", he said, as if he felt, perhaps, that they might be mutually exclusive, for, at that very moment, chips were cooking in the oven.

Hugs and chips, indeed: how like Fintan, to be always thinking of his stomach, even as he is being hugged.

The old cliche says that the way to a man's heart lies through his stomach - and, if all men were like Fintan is, as a boy, then it would certainly be true. He is always either eating or thinking of eating. The funny thing is, he is not fat. He is slim, in the sense of having little fat, but chunky in the sense of having quite a lot of solid muscle on him. I can foresee, for him, quite a strong, muscular adolescence to come.

Anyway, Fintan wasn't disappointed: he got his chips, in the end - and his hugs, too. It was, for him, a good evening.

(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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