Playing My Bagpipes
Donald MacDonald from the Isle of Skye was
admitted to Oxford University, and was now living
in his first year of residence there. His clan was
very excited that one of their own had made it
into the upper class of education, but were
concerned how he'd do in "that strange land."
After the first month, his mother came to visit,
with reinforcements of whiskey and oatmeal.
"And how do you find the English students,
Donald?" she asked.
"Oh, Mother," he replied, shaking his head sadly,
"they're such terrible, noisy people: The one on
that side keeps banging his head against the wall,
and won't stop; and the one on the other side
screams and screams and screams away into the
"But Donald! How do you manage with those dreadful
noisy English neighbors?"
"Well, mother, I just ignore 'em. I just stay here
quietly, playing my bagpipes..."