Books give dad the gift of fam­ily love

Townsville Bulletin - - DEFENDERS - EMMA CHADWICK

ghter WHEN lit­tle Evie May’s Chief Petty Of­fi­cer dad Bradley Lynch goes on de­ploy­ment, she has books writ­ten spe­cially about him, thanks to her mum Hay­ley.

Hay­ley Bos­worth, 36, was on ma­ter­nity leave this year, when she de­cided to write a book for six- mon­thold Evie, about what Dad does when he is at work.

“I came up with the idea of writing a chil­dren’s book for my daugh­ter when I was nurs­ing her at 2am,” Hay­ley said.

“I was watch­ing her sleep and thought that it would be nice for her dad to read a book to her about what he does in the Navy and how im­por­tant he is to not only our fam­ily, but to Aus­tralia.

“I also in­tended for the book to read to her when her dad was away from our fam­ily and hope­fully it would pro­vide some com­fort.

“When Brad comes home, and she hears his voice her face lights up, so I am aware of their strong con­nec­tion and it is up to me to make sure I keep up that con­nec­tion.”

Hay­ley said her own fa­ther was in the Army and she was used to mov­ing around a lot.

“The word­ing is quite ba­sic and repet­i­tive but it re­in­forces that Daddy is im­por­tant not only to us but to Aus­tralia,” she said.

“I have kept the word­ing very pos­i­tive, the word goes: “My mum ( or dad) makes me feel safe be­cause my dad ( or mum) is in the Aus­tralian Navy.

“These men and women who go away, do a fan­tas­tic job and it is im­por­tant that we recog­nise that. I am a big ad­vo­cate for them.”

Each page of the chil­dren’s book has a teddy bear in ADF uni­form and tells about the work their mother or fa­ther does.

Hay­ley, an Ade­laide- based hu­man rights and youth crim­i­nal lawyer, said she gave the book to her part­ner as a gift and he was so ex­cited with the re­sult, he posted it on Face­book.

“We re­ceived a lot of in­ter­est from De­fence friends and I be­gan sell­ing the book on­line,” Hay­ley said.

“I had a lot of re­quests for a ‘ mum’ ver­sion of the Navy book and then Army and Air Force books also.

“It’s fan­tas­tic, and so now I am jug­gling that and hav­ing a six- mon­thold.”

She said the Air Force book was in the pro­duc­tion stage and should be re­leased within the next month.

The books can be pur­chased at h t t p : / / w w w . t h e p o p p y e m p o r i - um. com. au

Evie May, 6 months.

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