We have some dear friends who are moving out to Oregon later this year and, to spare them the culture shock of being plopped into the middle of the insanity that is The Pierce Family, I've decided to offer them a series of short lessons to indoctrinate them into our life.
See, there are many things that you simply have to be aware of that you would never consider until it was much too late. For instance, it is generally not considered safe to say the number "Eleven" out loud around most members of our family. Doing so will typically be met with a chorus of odd pronunciations of the number followed by baritone shouts of, "SCOTLAND! FREEDOM!"
Let’s say that there were a dozen doughnuts on the counter and you ate one. Someone saw you eating the sweet and exclaimed, "I didn't know we had doughnuts! Are there any left?"
To which you innocently respond with, "I only ate one - there should be eleven doughnuts in there."
Broad smiles. And then it comes.
"Eeee-lev-un. Uh-lev-in." Other family members join in. "Eee-LEV-in. Scotland. SCOTland!! Freedom! FREEDOM!!!"
Which would leave the average person very dismayed.
We watch very little television in our home and the few shows that we do watch tend to come from Japan or the UK.
The following video is the origin of our strange response to that seemingly innocent number.