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Too Much Truth Could Hurt Friends Who Haven't Aged Well

DEAR ABBY: I am 70 years old. Because of a combination of good luck, good genes and years of exercising and eating right, I look OK for my age. Many of my friends have not been so fortunate and haven't aged well.

When I see someone that I haven't seen in a long time, often they will say, "You look great." Can you please give me a good reply? I say, "Thank you," but that doesn't seem to be enough. "You look great, too" seems inappropriate. Please help. -- GOOD RESPONSE IN THE SOUTH

DEAR GOOD RESPONSE: Instead of "You look great, too," try this: "Oh, my. You're a sight for sore eyes! How long has it been?"

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