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 +

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The mysterious origins of Daddy Cawley.

A couple of months ago, at the dinner table, where many a good conversation transpires, Tiarnan, then four, looked across the table at me, his eyes intent on understanding something eminently mysterious.

“Where are you from Daddy?”, he began, with evident genuine mystification,”How were you made? “

“I have a mummy and daddy, too. I was a baby once.”

It must be remembered that I live far from my homeland and that Tiarnan has rarely seen either of my parents, therefore. Thus, he is not accustomed to thinking of me as a person with parents.

For some reason, this didn’t seem to satisfy him. He saw in it, the basic inherent problem of this explanation.

“And them?”, he continued, determinedly, “Where do they come from?”

“They had mummy and daddies, too.”, I said, to his interested, all absorbing eyes.” Everyone does.”

“Even aliens have mummies and daddies?”, he queried, without even pause for the beat of a heart.

“Yes, Tiarnan, even aliens have mummies and daddies.”, I said, reassuringly, though, mentally, I made a reservation of “assuming they follow our pattern of birth and death and evolution.”

Tiarnan’s tongue grew still. Yet, I could see that his question was not fully settled in his mind. However, he had assessed, perhaps, that there were no further answers to be had, from me, regarding it.

I let him think on.

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