Go Ducks!

It’s March Madness, and this always brings a memory to mind.

My mother was an Oregon Ducks fan. She graduated from the University of Oregon, and she and my dad (a University of Washington grad) had a friendly rivalry throughout their lives. My mother was not a sports fan, but she always rooted for the Ducks.

In 2013, my mother, who by then had Alzheimer’s Disease, was in assisted living. One of the activities for the residents was to fill out an NCAA bracket form. I doubt she had ever filled out an NCAA bracket before in her life. Still, despite her dementia, she knew enough to show the Ducks winning it all.

And you know what? The Ducks made it into the Sweet Sixteen that year – better than most of the teams my non-demented family members picked.


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