Updated on 16 October, 2021
9 Chickweed Lane, located in southwest Ohio, is one of those towns you either love or hate. The place is known for its historic houses, and you can find yourself wanting to revisit them again. I was lucky enough to visit this place several years ago, and for those of you who can relate to my feelings on this place; I have a story to tell. Take it away, dear reader.
One morning when I opened the door to my grandfather's home, I was greeted with an aroma of coffee. The coffee smell gave me the feeling that things were in order. I walked past the front door where my mother's picture had been hung. The two sides of her face were white, and there was a silver bow at the top of her head. Her hair was the same color as it was when she was a toddler. Her makeup seemed to last forever.
My other world was in the living room. There sat my mother's precious yellow cat, Tito, who loved to be petted and hugged. I was expecting to see my grandpa, but instead I saw his grandson, Mikey, who loved to be held and played with. Grandpa would often call Mikey by his name, even if he did not look me in the eye.
When I entered the living room, I noticed a television on the coffee table. It was the black and white model, a rarity today. I noticed the collection of comic books and movies lined up on shelves, along with the occasional stuffed animal. I noticed a picture on the mantle that showed Tito in his old Hawaiian shirt. I assumed this was my grandma. My mom assured me that Tito was not my real grandmother's pet.
After that visit, my curiosity got the better of me. I began to ask my husband, our son and their daughter who were in college about what had become of 9 Chickweed Lane. They all told different stories, some sad, others happy.
As the years passed, I saw that my interest in the comic progressed. I discovered a number of celebrities who had come from 9 Chickweed Lane. I visited the tomb where superheroes were buried and read a book about the grave.
My daughter's latest book is about a girl who tries to uncover the mystery of her own birth and her strange parallel existence with her own mother, also deceased. I enjoyed that her dad, an ex-cop, was a Secret Service agent. This fascinated me because her dad was the hero in her book, an ex-cop turned private detective. I would like to tell my daughter about her secret, but that will have to wait for another day.
I am so glad that I discovered this comic book. It is a real page turner. My daughter adores it and I look forward to sitting down with her and reading it again. She will probably start when she is older and I don't want to be the one to give her a head start. She has a lot of other comic books that I would like to read, but she has this one.
9 Chickweed Lane is a coming of age story about two girls who move to a new town, Chickweed, West Virginia, and become friends with a boy. They fall in love and pregnancy ends that relationship. The girl who was pregnant becomes a nurse and the boy becomes a doctor. Things change when their family discovers the body of a young boy who has been in a car accident. The doctors can't identify him and the girl who is in love with him becomes suspicious.
When my daughter's teachers learned of this fact they took the story home with them and made copies for their use. Within a few days all of the teachers and administration were calling the parents of all of the girls in the school and had them remove their daughters from school. The headmaster and principal were both asked to resign immediately. The headmaster stated that the incidents were isolated incidents and happened mostly in one department alone. The principal blamed a lax enforcement policy and lax disciplinary guidelines for the actions of her employees.
In this latest storyline we see that a cover-up has occurred and that same girl who was pregnant covers up her son's remains. This not only sets the stage for the murder of her own best friend but also her own daughter. I am not sure if I am more disturbed by the events in the comic or the actual storyline but either way I am pleased with the newest release. My daughter will continue to grow and develop into a wonderful woman as her love of reading comics spills over into other areas as well.