After starting school, I began to meet other kids my age. One of my first acquaintances was Marion, a boy a little older than I. Marion drove an old pickup truck and lived in an old southern mansion that was in serious disrepair. From the outside, the house appeared to need some paint and some yard work. There were stacks of old cars piled in the back yard, and the plants in the front yard were overgrown.
The inside of the home was sparsely furnished and also very much in disrepair. Wallpaper was peeling from the wall, stair railings were broken and floor boards were loose. It was very shocking to see this big, beautiful southern mansion appearing so dilapidated. I would learn that this was common for the time and place. There were many dilapidated old mansions in the area.
Marion was friendly with me in the beginning and began driving me different places. Soon he was taking me out. We would go out on picnics, hayrides and to the movies, usually with another couple. One night when we were out, a cow blocked the dirt road we were driving on and Marion had to get out and try to push the cow into moving off of the road. The cow stood it's ground and we ended up sitting in the car and waiting for the cow to move on it's own. After a long wait the cow sauntered off and we were finally able to continue our drive down the road.
In no time our relationship began to get serious, at least on Marion's part. Marion and I would begin with innocent kissing and move on to making out. Marion wanted more and was like an octopus, grabbing any body part that I didn't protect. It became a major problem between the two of us and we would get into huge fights because I wouldn't have sex with him. It was a classic 1950's good girl, bad guy romance. I liked Marion, but wasn't ready to become serious yet. At least not with Marion.
But Marion didn't seem to understand the word "no". I would tell him "no" and it would make him more persistent. When I said "no", Marion called me a wildcat. He thought I was playing hard to get. Each date ended up being a wrestling match and then we would fight and not see one another for a while. And I wanted to go out with other guys which really caused problems.