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 +

Friday, November 05, 2010

Tiarnan's philosophy of finding the lost.

Today, Tiarnan, four, was busily searching around the house, his eyes cast downward, scouring for something. He saw his mother, and looked up, his face all frowns and minor irritation. He had clearly been looking for some time.

"Where is the sharpener, Mummy?", he asked, hoping to be relieved of his, by now, extended search.

"I buy lots of sharpeners.", she said, "Look for one."

Tiarnan's eyes pierced hers, sharply.

"It doesn't matter how many you buy!", he retorted, "It's where you PUT them!"

He had a point. This house has an endless capacity to hide things. Somewhere, no doubt, sixty two sharpeners were huddled away from sight, mischievously.

Tiarnan stalked off, in search of the elusive sharpeners. Syahidah allowed herself to smile at the way he did so.

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