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 09, 2011

My magic pocket.

I didn’t realize it, but the left pocket of one of my trousers, appears to have been charmed by Gandalf himself.

A couple of days ago, I put the electronic key to the electric gates to our home, in my left pocket, after I had left the house. I also placed the key ring holding the two most relevant keys to the house in my pocket.

I then took Ainan to his University.

Later, that day, on returning, I reached into my pocket, to pull out the gate control and was dumbstruck at what I saw: the electronic gate key and the house keys had become conjoined: the loop attached to one had become inserted in the loop attached to the other.

I looked sharply at Ainan.

“Did you do this?”, I asked, even as I wondered how he had reached into my pocket, taken out both physical keys and electronic keys, pried open the loop attached to one, enough to let the other in, and replaced them, in their new interlinked form, without me noticing.

He looked as puzzled as me, so I knew his answer before he spoke it. “No.” he said, simply, his little frown bespeaking his thought on the matter.

“That’s incredible!” I remarked, “They have had a “chemical reaction” and have spontaneously joined up in my pocket.”

Ainan snorted a laugh at that.

The admiring astonishment we both felt at this strange happenstance was a shared feeling as we walked up to the house.

I opened the door to my house and replaced the linked keys in my pocket.

Shortly afterwards, I took them out again to take a closer look at how it could have happened. Rather bizarrely, as if almost to mock me, the keys had separated again: no longer were they interlinked. It was most uncanny. It seemed that the random jostling in my pocket had both linked them up, then, later unlinked them again. How bizarre. What makes it even more bizarre is that neither event had ever occurred before: neither linking nor unlinking, had ever happened in my experience, in these circumstances. That both should happen one after the other, in short succession, seemed most odd.

I showed Ainan the unlinked keys.

His only answer was laughter. It seemed the most appropriate response.

I have kept a close watch on my keys, since. However, they show no sign of linking up again. Even so, the incident has given me a new respect for the apparently ordering properties, of random events: chaos is not always the outcome of random action, even though it might be the most expected one. Perhaps, the laws of thermodynamics have their gentler moments. Either that, or my pocket really is magical!

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