Election 2016

Pat Summitt’s last great gift was sharing her fight with Alzheimer’s

washingtonpost.comPat Summitt is not gone. She’s free. The balloons were orange for Tennessee and purple for Alzheimer’s, and everyone who loved Pat held one by a ribbon while a lone bagpiper played. At first they were supposed to be released by her family, but then Pat’s niece Casey started handing them all around, saying, “Everybody is family,” which was so right and so true to Pat. The balloons rose together in a cluster fast into the cloudless air, faster than the hurt breath escaped your throat. Finally you had to shade your eyes against the sun to see them. A lone orange one started drifting sideways on its own, an outlier.

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