Most people, to some extent, have experienced some form of trauma. Trauma can exist in the world as something so small, yet still have the ability to mess with someone mind’s, or it can be a huge event that can forever change a person and instill a fear inside of them. In Terese Mailhot’s Heart Berries, the readers are introduced to what I would consider, a type of trauma that is ultimate and forever scaring.
Terese was someone that I could relate to in many ways which made this book so much more fascinating for me. It is hard to relate to everything that she had particularly gone through because this story is at times extremely intense, but It was clear to see that probably the largest root of the issues that carried into her adult life were her parents. It is hard to think that parents are able to have such a terrible impact on people as they are supposed to be the first people we have in this world to learn from and help us grow, yet it seems that traumatic experiences stem from a family lifestyle many times. Growing up, I predominately relied on my Mom and my Step-Dad as my biological father was never truly around; at least not in the way my sister and I needed and deserved. I can honestly say that my experience was so little in comparison to Terese’s however, it really dawned on me how easy it is for something so little to have this kind of traumatic impact on a person. Your family and home life at such an early age is able to be the deciding factor on how the rest of your life turns out as well as your mental well-being which is completely mind blowing.
It is truly enlightening to find a character that I was able to relate to despite the darkness of the content. It is so important in this day in age that we are all able to come together and stories like hers are able to be shared because without them, how else can we continue growing?