Digging For Research
Stones scraped Donald Blakeslee’s knees, but he was used to that. Using his mud-covered gloves, he picked the pebbles and tossed them away from the excavation area. The site was full of tools like shovels, brushes, and spoons. Both he and his crew had spent weeks sifting through the ground in Kansas. They kept searching for something interesting to research. But then he winced at an unusually sharp pain. Except for this time, a stone wasn’t to blame.
He Uprooted Everything
Blakeslee’s hands were always dirty. Even as a kid, he spent his time mucking around in the dirt to see what was hidden underneath the ground. This proved to be an issue for his mother. As soon as she planted some new seeds and flowers, Blakeslee would uproot everything and replace her precious seeds with his most beloved toys. She initially assumed this was just a phase. But eventually, she realized this was just the beginning.
Interests And Desires
Blakeslee was also enthralled with history. He even asked his mom to take him to the library when he was 5 years old. But Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss never interested him. He preferred the history section instead. He loved picking up those thick, old books and sifting through their pages. So, while the other kids were busy playing in the children’s section, Blakeslee was in a corner reading a book, and his mom was busy talking with the librarian. Blakeslee's interests eventually turned into desires.
Destined For Greatness
Blakeslee’s mom was worried when he started school. He wasn’t socializing the way most kids his age were. He barely even spoke with his neighbors because he always had his nose stuck in a book. Digging was the only thing he loved doing more than reading. She hoped that school would eventually allow him to become more sociable, but Blakeslee had a greater destiny.
He Was A Genius
Blakeslee was always a loner. He wasn’t very good at sports either, but he did excel in school. He was a genius too. He pointed out things about history that left his parents dumbfounded. “Did you know Cahokia in Illinois is an ancient American settlement?” His mom had a tough time keeping up with him, but she always encouraged him. Then, his teachers took an interest in young Blakeslee’s passion for history.