A local author has penned a new book, but for her family.

A local author has penned a new book, but for her family.

Kay Hively has written: “We were expected to do our best…and sometimes we did: A tribute to Bill and Dovie James.”

The book has stories and photographs from Hively’s family.

The book is not for sale, but a way to pass on stories to her family.

“My nieces and nephews were talking one day on Facebook, they were exchanging stories and one of them said, ‘I wish that Aunt Kay would write something about her life and her time,’” she said. “I was looking at that so I just sat down and started writing it and that is what it turned out to be.”

She sat down in her home office, and the stories just flowed out of her and onto paper. Hively noted most of the book took her a day. Then she wrote the rest of the book.

“I think that it was five weeks from the idea to the getting it printed,” she said.

The book is 66 pages long.

Asked what one of the stories is, she said it dealt with her time on a cotton farm.

“I was about four years old, I remember going to the cotton field, my parents were cotton farmers in southwest Oklahoma,” Hively said. “I remember those days of cotton field. I was about six when we left the farm.”

Asked if she picked cotton, Hively said, “Well, when you are six years old, you can’t pick much cotton. I mostly rode on my brothers and sisters sack. I just caused them more burden by riding on their sack. I had a little cotton sack made out of a potato sack, but I didn’t put much in it.”

Hively was the youngest of 10 children. After her parents moved off of the farm, her dad purchased a grocery store in Rush Springs, Okla.

As far as where she got all of the photos for the book, Hively said she had a lot of them.

“And then once I started, my nieces and nephews got so excited about me doing it, I asked them to share the photos they had,” she said. “They went through their mothers and (fathers) boxes, begged and borrowed. They sent lots of pictures and I picked out what I needed. So they had a part in the story itself.”

Hively noted that is important for her to do this and also encourages others to keep their memories going.

“It is very important to me, mainly because it is something that I can leave to my nieces and nephews,” she said.
“It is a gift to them. I think that everybody has a gift they can leave and it doesn’t even have to be published. If you just take some notes and write a diary, there are so many people that would love to have something that someone left to them telling their own personal history. I highly recommend that people take notes, write stories, and just write it down. You don’t have to publish it, but leave it to someone to share. Because like when I am gone, those stories are going to be gone. My nieces and nephews are so happy to have the pictures and the stories. That is a small thing that you can do somebody.”

Another book?

“I am toying with the idea,” Hively added. “The nieces and nephews were so excited to get it, they have been shouting with happiness … I am thinking that I am going to ask my nieces and nephews to write three or four stories each and then maybe have volume two, with their stories. They have got stories, they told me stories since it has been published.”