I really enjoy your Scott tales. I just finished Pt I and was chuckling over the uncle-mugging. I can see why Scotty was so shy-I grew up in a large, boisterous family too and sometimes you just want to crawl under the table and hide from the ruckus. Great read so far!
I think it was a combination of both -- mostly left to wander solo, then being thrown into big, loud family situations on occasion, which would be even more of a shock. Really appreciate the comments, thank you!