With ANN DICKSON
When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a telephone switchboard operator with the electrical cords and all to establish connections -- plugging in the wires connecting calls was active and productive. Lily Tomlin and her "one ringy dingy and two ringy dingy" inspired me!
What would you rather be doing right now? Traveling with Bob by car to a U.S. location we've never been -- Adventure Day!
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I pray to St. Carrier, the inventor of modern air conditioning.
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? My parents, my siblings. As you age and are exposed to the dynamics of the world, the customers you serve, friends you meet, to experience personalities, coping skills and actions of others, I feel continually that I am so blessed by the two people who raised me, by the skills I was taught, expectations put upon me and how rich we were in the simplest joys of life. I was given the basic necessities to be productive and well-balanced.
It really stinks when ... my impatience kicks in!
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Driven.
I always laugh when ... in my work life, when random drug screen calls ring. They never arrive at the best time, of course.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Chancie Eldon Dickson, my father-in-law, whom I never met. He died when Bob was 13. I would love to have known him. And my Dad's parents, Art and Mary Awerkamp. Both were deceased when I arrived in 1960. I have heard wonderful things about the three of them. What an enjoyable dinner that would be.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go home, my favorite place.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... social.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Kelsey Grammer, NYC, September 1993. He just ended 11 seasons of "Cheers," my favorite show at the time, and he came over and spoke. I was tongue-tied and bug-eyed.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go on an adventurous, photographic African safari.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... go parasailing through the air while being pulled by a boat, again! Been there done that.
America should be more concerned about ... inclusion.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... greeting cards, note cards, birthday cards. I love to buy them, store them away. They will prove themselves ready to go to the right person eventually!
When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Five Two Love: Scott Family Quintuplets, because watching this family of nine with five 2-year-olds is joyful to me, and Grapevine Owl Cam, a backyard nest box in Texas. I watch hoot owls raise their clutch.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My parents instilled this -- With every action you take, you are responsible for the outcome. Choose well.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... radio stations of the area.
I always get sentimental when ... viewing injustice to others in the news or a program I'm watching. The perfect greeting card will do it, too.
The older I get, the more I realize ... Always be the true you to your word, your work and your friends. You will never fail.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... probably not have done it in the first place! Life never stops teaching.
My favorite item of clothing is ... a pair of tennis shoes niece Lanie painted for me depicting times of my life.
If I've learned anything at all ... No matter where my life leads me, one thing is true to the end. Friends will be by my side in the wink of an eye.
Mary Ann Awerkamp Dickson was born in August 1960 in Quincy, the seventh of 10 children. She's been employed at Blessing Health System since December 1982, working for 22 years in the public relations office, then in 2003 moving into the Blessing Foundation office, which helps patients with medication, medical supplies, utilities, lodging, transportation, food or other basic urgent needs. She eloped and married Bob Dickson in December 1990; they have one daughter who lives in Columbia, Mo. Dickson enjoys sewing, movies, walks and spending time with her nieces and nephews.