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, August 25, 2012

Of Hunger and Hobbits.

My eldest son, Ainan, 12, has turned into a hobbit. No, that does not mean he has become short and stocky with furry feet – it means he has become someone who is ever hungry.

Yesterday is an example. He had dinner – twice. Then, an hour or so later, he started prowling around the kitchen, muttering: “I want food.”

He eats like there is a hole in the bottom of his stomach and the food is all just falling out, once swallowed. It is funny to see him like this. You see, when he was very young – from a toddler to a preschooler, he just hated eating. As a toddler he once even asked: “Why do I have to eat? The chair doesn’t do it. The table doesn’t do it. The towel doesn’t do it. Why do I have to do it?” He really didn’t want to eat.

Now, he is rather different. The end of one meal is just the beginning of another, for him. Like a hobbit, he has first breakfast and second breakfast. Last night, he had his first dinner, followed about 45 minutes later by his second dinner – and was looking for his third, within an hour!

I rather think he is beginning to grow. He is quite tall already for his age – at about 163 cm, for a 12 year old. I am curious as to whether he will one day be taller than me. He is certainly giving himself the fuel for such growth.

Happy eating Ainan! May you soon grow to be taller than your Daddy! Hopefully, though, you won’t be heavier...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir, it was an honor to have studied together with you son, he is extraordinary. Learning Hist102(taught by Mr Tarosh) with him was eye opening and showed me how humans can have so much potential. Hope to see him next semester. TS.

1:43 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you Tschin for your kind words. It is good to hear from one of his fellow students. I don't know whether you will have any of the same classes this coming semester. Even if not, I feel happy to know that a fellow student appreciates his presence so.

Good luck to you in your studies.

8:40 AM  

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