Sweet Adeline

A Mother's Kitchen Poetry and Her Son's Retrospections

by Robert L. Brunker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/21/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 86
ISBN : 9781664276802
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 86
ISBN : 9781664276796

About the Book

A child orphaned by the death of her mother and the absence of her father as he worked remotely during the depression is taken in by her father’s parents. Both grandparents die in a few years. Her father’s sister opens her heart and home to this sweet child. Adeline’s happiness is limited by the separation from her brother. As a young woman Adeline meets and marries a handsome orphan after World War II. Their love grows, their discipleship grows, and they flourish in the grace of God, but always within a very limited income. As she writes her poetry at her kitchen table between household duties, Adeline expresses her love for God, husband, children, family values, and expresses appreciation for long term friendship. Her firstborn son collects this simple kitchen poetry over a period of nearly forty years. As he collects them he writes retrospections as he looks back on his mother’s life, her struggles with Alzheimer’s, his own life, and includes social commentary. Reflections, family history, Christian testimony, poetry, and grand story telling will lead you through an emotional, yet fulfilling, tale of a simple woman living a life where God puts you. Alzheimer’s and Satan did not defeat her. Her life had a huge positive effect on the lives she touched. Sweet Adeline is a feel-good biography that will allow you to reflect on your own life.

About the Author

Robert L. Brunker is the first child of Gilbert and Adeline Brunker. He witnessed sixty-one years of Sweet Adeline’s life. As her life lessons took root in his life and he became aware of her “Kitchen Poetry,” he started collecting her verses. For over thirty years he wrote what he called retrospections—reflections on how his mother’s life examples influenced him and how that was summarized in her various poems. This effort evolved into one of his bucket list items to be completed in his retirement years. During most of the forty-two years he practiced dentistry, he helped raise two daughters, edited his state’s dental journal, went on thirteen medical missions to Jamaica, and engaged his grandchildren in illustrating his first Christian juvenile novel. He serves on the Board of Elders of his church and continues to make mountains of sawdust from his woodworking projects at the aggravation of his wife of fifty-five years.