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 +

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The escape artist.

Mochi is a clever little rabbit. Perhaps her big head is a clue to this.

In the very early days, when Mochi and her friend Sushi were new to their life with us and the cage they spent their nights in, she conceived a very cunning plan.

She had watched us open the cage, by lifting up the door, and tilting it outwards to lock it in position. So, one day, when she didn’t realize we were looking, she bit down on the cage door bars, then lifted her big head upwards, pushing the gate open quite a bit. Indeed, so successful was this manoeuvre that, after a few tugs, it was open enough for her cage mate, Sushi, to be able to stick her head through the gap. They were in the act of escaping.

At that point, we intervened and closed the cage, once more, upon our intended escapees.

To my mind, this little display was quite impressive for a three month old rabbit. For comparison, most three month old baby humans are not up to much.

Mochi and Sushi are turning out to be interesting little characters, each different from the other. Mochi is a real foodie and Sushi is a natural explorer. It is fun to watch them exploring the world, much in the way that it is fun to watch a baby do so. For me, the interest is heightened because they see the world like no baby would and so do things no baby would choose to do. So, too, is it rewarding to see how much my children are enjoying them.

Rabbits are a lot more interesting than I had supposed. I will let you know what they get up to.

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Blogger virginiagunawan said...

Yes, please let us know! They sound very smart and cute :)

It is interesting how the new family members are named after Japanese foods!

Can I know who named them? And what is the colour of their fur?

Thank you.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Hi Virginia,

My wife named Mochi...I am not sure who named Sushi. The latter name probably arose as a "matching pair" idea, once the theme of Japanese food names had been set.

Mochi is grey...silver, if you like. Sushi is basically gold (though a little darker.)

10:02 AM  

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