Helen Rose was born in Toronto in 1962 and was admitted to the care of the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto when she was 11 days old. By age two, she had been moved eight times between her birth mother and various foster homes. In 1965, she was admitted as a ward of the crown to the care of the Muskoka Children's Aid Society. At four years old, she was adopted into an alcoholic and abusive home and endured the horrors of that home until she left to make a new life for herself.
In 1983 she moved to the Rocky Mountains of Alberta where she still lives today.
53 Grove Road is an account of her turbulent and chaotic youth and her struggle to attain peace.
It is her hope that in reading her story, it will help others to understand the need to accept the past and move forward.
A portion of book sales will be donated to charities of the author's choice; such as children's causes, women's shelters, etc.
Excerpt from 53 Grove Road
She told me that when I first came to live with them, not as their daughter, but as a foster child, I wasn't interested in hugging them, cuddling them, or even holding conversations with them...my only interest lay in the kittens in the shed. “You spoke a lot of French,” she would say. “We couldn’t understand what you were saying.”
Of course, I don’t remember that time. I have memories of brief moments, fleeting images of people and places that I can’t pin down; glimpses into my past.
If you ask a person about their earliest memory, their head tilts back slightly, and their gaze turns upwards as they look inside, to the place they go to remember. “My earliest memory, let’s see...”
The sentence trails off as they search their brain until they can tell you exactly what that memory is. It doesn’t matter what comes to mind, whether it be a happy or terrible moment, they just remember. Watch their eyes as they return and replay that instant with the details incredibly whole, as if it were happening for the first time again.
Do we make those memories what we want them to be? Are they real?
I can tell you my memories are real, and they don’t dim over the years, and the scenes play out the same each time.
For it is the place where the war began.
53 Grove Road by Helen Rose, ISBN 978-0-9811328-0-8