For senior birthdays, the best gift is to give a memory

Other Side of 50

TOGETHERNESS—Author Andrea Gallagher, right, with her mom. Courtesy photo

`I recently visited New Hampshire to join my mother in celebrating her 85th birthday.

While planning the visit, I asked my mother if she would like to go on a short trip with me—maybe a visit to Cape Cod or to Maine?

My mother has temporarily lost her “partner in crime” for outings. My sister is in “grandma mode,” babysitting her 4-month-old grandson four days a week.

On the girlfriend front, my mother was neve...

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