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, April 03, 2011

Suffering for one's art.

Tiarnan, five, has a passion for drama. It seeps into every aspect of his life. On a daily basis, he transforms himself, or tries on different personae to see how they feel.

At the dinner table, a few days ago, Tiarnan sat on his chair dressed in a rather strange manner. He wore a hooded top and a cowboy hat. This created a rather interesting look: a cross between a modern day hoodlum and a latter day cowboy.

There was a little frown on his elfin face. Something seemed to be bothering him.

“It is hot.”, he observed, intensely, “but these clothes are cool.”

Indeed, that day was one of the hotter ones that Kuala Lumpur is known for – and in the local context, where every day is a sweltering one, that is saying something.

Notably, however, he didn’t move to take off his extra clothes. The role was more important than his personal suffering. So, other than that single remark, Tiarnan didn’t mention his suffering again. He persevered with his “performance” – and sat, uncomplainingly, until all got up to leave the table.

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