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, February 25, 2011

Children observing the wildlife.

A couple of days ago, Tiarnan, five, was out with his mother, Syahidah.

They were ambling by the roadside, when Tiarnan suddenly pointed at something.

“See that squirrel crossing the road...”, he began, with a certain air of whimsy.

Syahidah duly looked. There was, indeed, a squirrel crossing the road. She tracked it, with her gaze, like her son.

“ is following the chicken.”, Tiarnan observed, tellingly.

She had to laugh. What a witty boy.

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Blogger Pam Lim said...

I wanted to ask you, and wonder if this is the right place.

What kind of sacrifices are you making to groom your children and ensure that they get the right education given their uniqueness?
I know for a fact your sacrifices won't be small, and you must have given up a lot to do this with Ainan in Malaysia.

Care to let us know? There must be something we all can learn.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Dear Pam,

I think, in some ways, this blog is an implicit answer to your question, since there are many clues, here, to personal sacrifice.

I think the greatest sacrifice I have made for my family, of wife and kids, is being apart from my own family, of mother and father etc. in Europe. I rarely see them and this is an irreparable loss. I have also changed my job, my country and my home, as well as exposed us to greater uncertainties to give my son, Ainan the chances he needs. As for my other children, their needs are coming to the fore, and again, we shall make the same kind of commitment to them to meet those needs.

I think the most important characteristic a parent of a gifted child needs, is the willingness to do anything possible, even if difficult or inconvenient to help them along the way.

There are other sacrifices too, but I don't think this is the time or place to discuss them. I will think of a more appropriate forum.

Thanks for asking, Pam.

11:39 AM  

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