The Brightest Star

by Kim Sparkman-Berger

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/15/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781504377676
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781504377652
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781504377669

About the Book

The Brightest Star is a heartfelt story that crosses the generation bridge of adoption in the 50’s to modern day adoptions lovingly told from Grandmother (Gimmie) to Grandchild (Jessie). The book emphasizes the unique love that all adopted children (young and old) possess and protect, and how that love is a gift that is locked within their heart and they alone hold the key. There is also much love, respect and understanding, for the woman that carries and delivers The Brightest Star to the world. It’s a story of being received and embracing your individual journey.

About the Author

I was born in Los Angeles County Hospital one minute after midnight on September 7, 1956, to a single woman who had told her family and friends she was going to the hospital for gallbladder surgery. When her sister found out about the pregnancy, she arranged for my adoption with a couple from her workplace. My adoptive parents were working in the yard of their new home in the “burbs” of the San Fernando Valley when they received the call from my biological aunt about a baby. They brought me to their new home and named me Kim Rae Sparkman. My wonderful dad loved to tell everyone that he found me under a rock in their new yard. He also told me repeatedly that he had bought and paid for me, so I was a Sparkman. As boorish sounding as these statements were, they gave me the only sense of belonging I ever had. He died when I was 20 and so did the light in my mind’s eye. In the 1950s and 1960s, the term adopted carried very heavy connotations. Society branded adoptees as unwanted, undesirable, bastard, damaged goods, dirty secret, mistake, etc. These terms caused longstanding damage to those of us adopted in the dark ages. I was the “adopted kid” within my own family as well as my neighborhood. Movies depicted the adopted child in a dark light. Look a little different from others in your family and you are either the mail carrier’s or the families best kept secret. Thankfully, adoptions today are born out of a benevolent love, which respects all involved.