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, May 10, 2011

The perspective of young boys, on girls.

A couple of days ago, Tiarnan, five, was sitting on the sofa, with Fintan, seven. They were taking a conversational break, in the midst of their computer gaming. For reasons unknown to me, perhaps because I had not heard the fullness of their conversation, Tiarnan turned to Fintan, and said, quite emphatically:

“I don’t like girls: they do BORING things.” He said the word “boring” as if it were the most boring thing in the Universe: the word expanded to fill all space and time, on his tongue.

Fintan didn’t do, as might be expected and second this opinion. In quite a reasonable tone he said: “Tiarnan, some girls have PS3s…”

Tiarnan consider that for a moment, but had no reply. It seemed that anyone who liked the PS3 couldn’t be all bad.

In answer, he picked up his PS3 controller and went back to his game. I don’t think he wanted to admit that if a girl was a PS3 player then maybe she wouldn’t be so “boring” after all!

This exchange struck me as funny. It echoes the age old theme, that young boys are not fond of girls – because they are, well, “girlish”…however, that will soon change when they hit puberty. How funny it is that children are constructed in this way.

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