Three-year-old Charlie Dolan closely examines the object in his hand.
Turning and twisting it. End over end. This way and that.
He runs his tiny fingers over the wood surface and long handle.
“Hmm…” he hums again. “What is it?”
He pouts his lip in thought.
“Red,” he says.
He pulls it closer to his face for inspection.
While most people can see things far away, Charlie needs to get up close and personal with his surroundings. What we can see at 250 feet, he can only see at 20.
You can see the wheels turning behind his blue-rimmed glasses. He does one final investigation of the piece.
“Hammer,” he concludes proudly, “big red hammer!”
He smiles wide and hammers away at the brightly colored pegs.