By Emily Sewell
Growing up, Jocilyn Carver always felt the relationship between her and her dad was strong enough to carry her through any difficult time.
After graduating from Ole Miss in 2017, Carver joined the Air Force and was deployed to South Korea, where she serves currently. During her time in the Air Force, Carver wrote a children’s book about growing up with a strong father figure called “Thank You Daddy!”
The book follows a young girl and her father as he supports her through pivotal moments in a child’s life such as learning to ride a bike, helping her with homework, attending her senior prom, moving her to college and walking her down the aisle.
“Thank you, daddy, for everything that you have done,” the book reads. “You are the man in my life who will always be number one.”
The 13-page book is dedicated to all fathers who serve as supportive and positive role models to their children.
“I just wanted to write the book for me and for other girls who appreciate their dad and having a dad in your life,” Carver said.
Carver said she has always enjoyed writing. During her time at Ole Miss she was an intern at the Black Sheep Newspaper and Hottytoddy.com. She wanted to make sure she kept up with her writing while deployed.
“It was tough because being in the Air Force—the military in general—is very time consuming,” she said. “But I always set aside time to write on my off days just to unwind.”
Carver said she loved her time at Ole Miss and felt her college experience really helped her to achieve the goals.
“I wrote the book to send a message about how powerful a father figure can be in a child’s life,” she said. “I wanted to remind kids how important it is to be appreciative of your dad.”