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 +

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Making dreams come true.

Everyone has dreams. Many of us live for them. Yet, often dreams stay just dreams and are never more than unfulfilled wishes, we take with us, beyond the ends of our lives.

Fintan, seven, however, has a solution. A few days ago, he remarked:

“If you want your dreams to come true…”, he began, portentously, “Sleep!”

There is a certain wisdom, in that – and a hint, perhaps, of an understanding that most dreams can only come true, in one way: in slumber.

Of course, knowing Fintan, he will not, personally, be satisfied with that way, alone, of achieving his dreams. There is a certain resoluteness in him, a “grit”, to use what feels like an old word. I hope he manages to make his dreams come true, for real…whatever they are or shall be.

I am not one to forget, however, that part of my role as a father, is to help him make those dreams come true – at least, whilst I am around, to be able to do so.

Happy dreaming, Fintan – both asleep and awake.

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