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 +

Saturday, November 05, 2011

On bioengineering a mother.

Little Tiarnan, 5, is a watcher of the world and its people. Through his little eyes, peeps a most inquisitive and assessing mind.

A few days ago, he sidled up to his mother and observed:

“Mummy, you do so many things, you should have four arms!”

Syahidah laughed. She had to agree for as a mother of three, each with their own needs, schools, and lives, she certainly had a lot to contend with.

Personally, I love the way he thinks about the world. He sees that his mother has so much to he reimagines his mother as a person with four arms and, therefore, much more able to cope with the demands on her: a beautiful if only biology would oblige.

Then again, I can see how he views his mother, for Syahidah is ever busy, ever moving, ever doing. She is a mini-whirlwind of activity. Clearly, Tiarnan has taken note of this and wished somehow to relieve her burdens. Helpfully, everyone else in the house, chips in – Tiarnan included. So Two Armed Mummy is not entirely without help. Thank you boys.

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