By Kenneil Mitchell
CAROLINA REPORTER & NEWS
A crowd of adults and children packed into Barnes and Noble Booksellers Saturday to meet Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt, the author of a new children's book.
Earhardt was signing copies of her most recent book titled “Through Your Eyes.” Earhardt explained that the inspiration for the book came from her daughter.
“It’s called Through Your Eyes because it’s what I learned through her eyes, just the simple things,” Earhardt said. "Appreciating the rain and appreciating a dog or appreciating a flower.” This is her second children's book.
Earnhardt, a South Carolina native, said she was inspired to write the book on a day where the rain wouldn’t stop.
Overwhelmed with pushing around her baby’s stroller and going back to get her umbrella from her apartment, she noticed something about her daughter that changed her perspective of life.
“She saw rain for the very first time and she was just in awe,” Earhardt said. “She was looking at the rain with her eyes wide open and her mouth wide open and I thought ‘this is the first time my child has ever seen rain, a human being seeing rain.’”
After seeing that miraculous moment of her daughter looking at rain, Earhardt stated that she learned an important lesson through her daughter’s eyes.
“I’ve learned to appreciate it because I saw her see rain for the first time and it made me realize that I need to walk through life looking at life in a different way,” Earhardt said. “Just appreciating the small things.”
Surrounded by fans of all ages in Barnes and Noble, Earhardt’s perspective of seeing children and adults reading her book is a different feeling for her.
“It’s so surreal when I see parents and children read my book,” Earhardt said. “I’m just a girl from South Carolina and here I am writing books and the books are in different languages and being distributed all over the world.”
Earnhardt, a South Carolina native, studied journalism at the University of South Carolina, graduating in the class of 1999.
After learning her craft through USC’s senior semester program, Carolina News, she joined WLTX-News 19 as a morning anchor.
She moved to San Antonio, Texas to work at KENS-TV, another CBS affiliate, and eventually obtained a job for FOX News as a conservative political commentator in 2007.
It took nine years for Earhardt to earn what she calls her dream job of co-hosting "Fox & Friends" in the morning.
She tells any intern not to be discouraged if their dream job is not available when they want it to be.
“It took me 20 years in the profession to get there, half of a lifetime,” Earhardt said. “So, I always tell interns don’t expect to get the main anchor position tomorrow, you have to work for it.”
Earhardt remains grateful for the journey she went through to earn her dream job.
“It’s well worth the wait,” Earhardt said. “Because now I will be in this profession, hopefully, or in this position for a very long time. And I appreciate it because of all the hurdles I had to go through.”
It’s the hurdles that she said makes her job at Fox & Friends more special.
“It’s amazing. I love my profession and I love my job,” Earhardt said. “I love being at the national level and waking people up every morning. It’s pretty phenomenal. I’m very blessed.”
With the book, she hopes to teach kids and adults to embrace the good and bad times through her story.
“[I hope] they appreciate even the hard times because they always take us to the good times,” Earhardt said. “And so, you can look back when you’re on top of the mountain and look down at the valley and realize all that you went through, helped you get where you are.”
Another lesson Earhardt wants kids to get from her book revolves around taking control of their lives.
“I hope that it teaches children just to realize this is their life,” Earhardt said. “They only have one life, this is not a dress rehearsal.”
Earhardt also wants to encourage kids to understand the importance of having their parents on their side.
“They have to be happy and that we as parents want them to be happy and no matter what they do, they’re going to be loved,” Earhardt said. “And I just pray that they find their way in life.”
One parent came to the book signing to share an important picture in his life.
Bob Self shared a photo he took with his daughter 36 years ago, which he says is similar to Earhardt’s book cover in image and spirit.
"On her cover, it’s almost an identical picture of these two pictures,” Self said. “So, that was the coincidence. I’m getting this for my daughter for her Christmas present.”
Earhardt has one final lesson she wants kids to take from her book.
“The lesson is, no matter what you want to do, you can do it,” Earhardt said. “It’s the true American story.”
Earhardt donated a portion of the proceeds from her book sales to the military charity, Folds of Honor, resulting in $50,000 going to the charity.