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 +

Monday, August 29, 2011

The mystery of a beard.

My littlest son, Tiarnan, five, peered up at me, yesterday morning, his eyes most intent on my chin.

“How did you do that?”, he puzzled, his diminutive fingers stroking the sharp hairs of my new beard.

“It is automatic.”, I said.

“It just happens?”, he clarified.


There was something about that which made him uncomfortable.

“I just have to stop shaving and it grows.”, I further explained.

“Stop that?”, he asked, miming drawing a blade across his face.


He absorbed this odd fact carefully.

“Do you want me to make that happen for you?”, I asked him, with not a hint of a smile.

“No.”, he shook his head, with a frown.

“Would you like to wake up tomorrow with a spiky face?”, I pursued.

“NO!”, he became more adamant.

“When you are a big boy, you will have a spiky face.”, I foretold.

He shook his head, again, more firmly, quite sure that this could never happen. “I don’t want it.”, he said, for good measure.

I relented and let him be.

It was funny to see his reaction to my beard. It is only five days old now – but Tiarnan has never seen me with a beard. For him, my transformation has been both unexpected and strange. It was an utter mystery to him how on Earth I managed to turn my smooth face into a spiky one.

It will be interesting to see what he thinks of his nascent beard, when he hits his teens. Will he still be so against it?

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