STATE OF ICELAND, NY – It’s never too late to follow your dream. So as Kathy Murphy’s 75th birthday approached, she came up with the idea of publishing a children’s book – a book she had actually written 53 years ago.
The wife of the late Richmond County District Attorney William Murphy said her special birthday this year was reminiscent of the many times she was surprised by her daughters on her important birthdays. But this time, she added, as she was familiar with the plans for the party – held at Duffy’s Tavern in West Brighton – she decided to change things up a bit.
So she turned her 75th birthday party into a book launch party.
Kathy said she just loved writing “The Easter Bunny’s Missing Basket,” an assignment for one of her early childhood education classes at Fordham University’s School of Education.
“It’s been on my bucket list (placed there by my daughters!) For years, and to look into getting it released,” Kathy remarked. “And thanks to them and a dear friend, I was put in touch with a publisher from Red Penguin Books. And now we had a book launch and my 75th birthday party. ”
Kathy explained that she dedicated the book to her third grade teacher at PS 20 in Port Richmond.
The inscription written in the book reads: “It is a pleasure for me to dedicate this book to my third grade teacher, Mrs. Florence Tromer, who later became Mrs. Florence Campbell. She was my all-time favorite teacher and role model when I made the journey of becoming a teacher. I must also acknowledge my professors at Fordham University’s Undergraduate School of Education, especially the one who demanded that we write a story for undergraduate students! Thank you, everybody!”
Kathy’s daughter, Michele Murphy Gastel, explained: “We grew up with The Easter Bunny’s Missing Basket and thought our mom was pretty amazing because she was writing a book. But as we got older and realized that ours was the only copy, and that it was quite loved (that is, beaten), we decided to tidy it up and get a few hardcover copies printed so our mother’s grandchildren could enjoy it.that we had.Reviewing the charming story of it restoration, we all agreed that it should be a story that more people could enjoy, and so it was added to Mom’s ‘bucket list’ to become a published author. “
Michele went on to note that her mother’s 75th birthday was approaching, as did the launch date of the publication of her sweet story.
“We thought her friends would love to celebrate not just her birthday, but her big achievement. And despite some pretty awful weather on the big day, it was a wonderful moment of celebration of two very happy occasions, with family and friends from near and far, ”she added.
Jeannine Murphy Sweeney repeated her sister’s words: “The combination of our childhood ‘book’ and 75th birthday, both had to come together for a great reason … to celebrate my amazing mother! My sister and I were always fascinated by the rabbit book.I loved the drawings / pictures and thought my mother was so talented! And through her 75 years my mother, deceased father, sister and I have been unsurpassed blessed by incredible relationships and experiences with family and friends.It was a celebration of great achievements, amazing people, great fun and all in all a great life! “
“How wonderful it was to see so many friends and family all about something good instead of something sad! I did not expect that it would be so much fun to turn 75, plus the book launch was a great success! ” said Kathy.
Keep an eye out for another fun book signing this spring closer to Easter Sunday at Doc Hennigan’s Tavern at 1144 Forest Ave., the West Brighton eatery owned by Dr. Craig Campbell, who happens to be the son of Kathy’s favorite third grader. teacher, Florence Campbell.
“The Easter Bunny’s Missing Basket,” is available at Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble in Staten Island Mall, New Springville, or online at Barnes & Noble.