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 +

Friday, January 27, 2012

The birds and the bees.

It is ever illuminating to see the world through a child’s eyes. Once grown up, this is quite a challenge, however, as a parent, all I have to do is listen, to know again, the thoughts of a child and their perspectives on the world.

Today, Fintan, eight, approached his mother in a reflective mood. His voice was soft and insightful.

“Mummy,” he began, intently, “I think it is harder to be a girl...”

Her ears perked up and her eyes gazed down on her middle son.

“...because girls have to give birth.”

She was touched by his words, for she learnt, in that moment, that her son understood what every mother goes through, to create their children. To have such appreciation, from her young son, was warming indeed.

I like seeing my children come to their own understanding of the world. More interestingly, I like to see them come to their own views on it – to see them weigh issues and come to judgements. Usually, I let them come to their own views, and do not impose mine. It is much better for a child to think their own thoughts and form their own view on the world. It is also much more interesting. Children who have been indoctrinated too much – as some children are – are always so dull. It is much more refreshing to hear a child’s genuine thoughts, based on their own personal thinking – and that is what I hear, everyday, in my household. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Today, Fintan made my wife very happy – simply because he shared one of his own thoughts. Beautiful.

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Blogger Alia said...

you must show this to fintan! :)

9:33 PM  
Blogger tearsunderstars said...

Hi Mr Cawley,

I happened to read on misogynism a while ago. I feel depressed when I read about how baby girls are aborted/killed in favour of boys and the discrimination of women in developing countries such as China, India and Afghanistan. I saw this post and I must say I find a lot of comfort in Fintan's words. If the world thought like him there will probably be much less pain in childbearing, at least for me.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

What is interesting, for me, about Fintan's remark is that it means he is considering the world as it for other people. Few young children think much about other people's situation, perspective and viewpoint. Fintan does, however.

Yes, if all respected women as much as Fintan does, it would be a better world.

I wish you luck in future on the motherhood issue!

8:13 PM  

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