My dates with Marion were always interesting. Marion drove a an old pick-up truck and lived in a dilapidated southern mansion with his family. He had a stack of old cars next to his home and when his truck broke down he would dig through the cars until he found a part that could be used to fix his truck. If there wasn't a part he could use to fix the truck he would barter with friends with the parts he had in the yard.
Marion was a true "good ole' boy". He loved hunting, fishing and his pick-up truck. His idea of a date was to drive out to Shelby Forest and try to get past first base with me. Foreplay would include chasing raccoons and trying to shoot them, grabbing frogs out of a swamp and suggesting we go "snipe" hunting. I was wise to the snipe hunting offer, only because I had been such a fan of "Spin and Marty" on the Mickey Mouse Club.
Once, when we were in Shelby Forest looking for wild boar, Marion spotted a raccoon in the distance and grabbed a vine and swung Tarzan style after the animal. He didn't catch it, but he did make quite an impact on a teenage girl who thrived on drama.
Another time, we were by a river and Marion spotted a water moccasin in the reeds. Marion slowly moved toward the snake, grabbing it by the neck and then killed it. It happened so fast I was taken aback. Marion then proceeded to inform me of the dangers of the snake and how it could have killed me had I stepped on it.
Following Marion's macho antics we would always end up parked somewhere in a secluded area making out. Marion was always too aggressive and I would immediately back off and tell Marion "no". Like most boys of the 1950's, Marion did not believe that "no" meant NO. He either wouldn't stop or if he did stop it would be only for a moment, then he would be at me again. Then we would always end up in a huge fight. And so, Marion dubbed me the "Ice Queen". Marion always said the words with disdain, and he announce to other's the title he had given me. I wasn't bothered, I liked Marion, but I wasn't crazy about him. I rather enjoyed being known as "The Ice Queen".