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by Abigail Van Buren

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DEAR ABBY: You had a letter in your column recently about people not being happy about their old age. There are two ways to look at it.

First, without birthdays we would be dead, so be thankful instead for all the lessons of life you have learned and the love you have both given and received.

Second, look at age the way my granddaughter does. When Jessica was 3 years old, I misplaced something and was muttering to myself about being forgetful in my old age. She told me I wasn't in my old age. I asked her, "What do you mean?" She replied, "Your old age is what you were before your birthday. After that, you're in your NEW age."

She was right. -- MARY KALLINEN, COON RAPIDS, MINN.

DEAR MARY KALLINEN: What a bright granddaughter you have. Thanks for a dandy day-brightener.