Mrs. X agreed to a telephone interview with a British newspaper.
Here are some of the things she and the interviewer talked about.
Interviewer: How old is your son now?
Mrs. X: He's five.
Interviewer: When did you first realize that your son was unusual?
Mrs. X: The day he was born. As soon as I held him in my arms, I knew he was
Interviewer How did you find out he had begun to read?
Mrs. X: That was really fantastic. He was only a year and one month old. We
were in a restaurant. Michael knocked over a cup and said, 'It's a cook.' We
said, 'No, it's a cup - a cup.' Then he showed us the maker's name on the bottom.
It was Cook! At that time, the leading expert on exceptional children
told us that he believed our sun was the most brilliant baby in the world.
Interviewer What's bis IQ now?
Mrs. X: They say it's 220. It was over 180 when he was less than two and a half
Interviewer: He goes to a special school, doesn't he?
Mrs. X: Yes, he attends a special school for exceptional children. He's already
ambitious. He says he wants to become a small-town judge!
Interviewer: Is he always happy?
Mrs. X: No, not always. He began playing the violin when he was only four. Imagine,
he could play Bach, but he fell crying into my arms because he couldn't lift
the instrument by himself!
We want Michael to have as normal a life as possible, and we want to protect
him from the public spotlight. In some ways, Michael is very young for his age.
He's only average at running and sports, and he still sleeps with his teddy
A caller on the line... Who are you?
Hello, I'm Virginia Small and, eh, you sec I have this problem about traveling
by car. I always end up feeling sick, you know. I hate going on long holidays
because I know what's going to happen in the end and it ruins everything. Now
my parents have started to talk about a real family holiday in Spain, but all
I can think about is the traveling...
Three boys from Southwold had a narrow escape yesterday, as they
were kicking around a live handgrenade they had found on the beach. An ex-armyman
passing by was just in time to stop one of the youngsters pulling out the weapon's
Martin Donelly, the Formula One driver from Belfast, was taken
to hospital with minor fractures suffered in a crash while practicing for today's
Spanish Grand Prix at nearby Jerez de la Frontera. He won't be able to take
part in any races the rest of the yaer, a Lotus spokesman said.
Today will be dry with sunny spells before turning more cloudy
with thick mist over hills and coastal areas in the evening. The outlook for
tomorrow is heavy rain. For the rest of the week it will remain unsettled with
strong winds and showers.
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