The Gift of an Educated Mother

Amanda Dickson wrote the following for the Deseret News, December 12, 2011:

 One of the gifts I give my children is the gift of an educated mother.

It is a gift, in the interest of full disclosure, from their grandmother. Had it not been for the gentle — and sometimes more than gentle — nudging of my own mother, I would likely still be waitressing at Kemler’s Truck Stop, or some similar establishment, topping off coffee with one hand and carrying four plates of open-faced roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy on the other arm. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

I would not have filled out the application for college, let alone had the courage to travel across the country to attend once accepted, had it not been for the nagging (translation: loving reminders) of my mother.

And now I know why.

I thought for many years that my college education was a gift for me alone, for my own benefit, for my job prospects. While it certainly contributes to those things, that is not its greatest value in my life. Its greatest worth is the many ways, both obvious and less so, that it blesses the lives of my children.

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Amanda Dickson co-hosts Utah’s #1 rated morning show, “Utah’s Morning News with Grant and Amanda,” on KSL Newsradio. She also hosts the award winning program “A Woman’s View,” heard Sunday mornings on KSL. Her boundless energy, infectious laugh and passion for life have made her one of Utah’s most recognized and beloved personalities.