Ainan, 12, has his own characteristic style
of expression. At times he is markedly associative, in his writing, linking
ideas sometimes logically, sometimes elusively. This creates stories unlike
those written by anyone I know. At other times, however, he is pithy, in a
memorable sort of way. For instance, on the 4th June, 2012, he
remarked: “Yes is just distilled maybe. Yes is the part that doesn’t evaporate
Now, these two sentences might sound
poetic, but he had a serious point in there, too...he was stating his
understanding that “maybe” contained an element of yes in it (and an element of
no, too). He was counteracting my frustration that he wouldn’t give a yes or no
answer to a question I had asked him (now forgotten). He did so in a mild
though pedagogical manner, as if he sought, gently, to enlighten his father
with what seemed obvious to him. It was also, of course, his way to win the “argument”
of whether he should give a yes or no answer.
I enjoy talking to Ainan. He is resourceful
in his argumentation, when it comes to debating a point – and somewhat
unexpected in his means of expression. He is also decidedly determined to
maintain his point, in the face of any counterargument. I think this is a
strength, in that he will defend his ideas, in future and speak on their
I do wonder at his creative writing though.
It takes a certain kind of open mind to appreciate the way he constructs
sentences, thoughts and observations. His peculiar combination of logic and
association, makes for an unusual and challenging read. There is also a lot of
humour in his work – both plays on words, and absurdities in the situations his
characters encounter. It is not at all like anyone else’s writing that I know
of...not even mine.
Anyway, it is in this individuality of
verbal expression that much of Ainan can be found. Those privileged enough to
read his creative writing, encounter an elusive thinker, laughing at the world,
and its ways. Those who hear his pithy remarks, sense the beginning of an
aphorist. So there are two competing means of expression in him: the logically
condensed and telling and the diffuse, associative and elusive. It is as if
there are two different types of writer in him, fighting for the right to “speak
up”. Perhaps there are. Perhaps the secret of Ainan is that he is a chimera of
opposites, each tugging him in a different direction simultaneously. The net
effect of all these differing intellectual and dispositional forces, is the
young, somewhat enigmatic, Ainan himself.
The question is: will one of these multiple
influences prevail? Or will they always commingle? Will the associative or the
logical win out, in Ainan?
I shall watch his writing and heed his
words in the years ahead, to see how he develops.
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