Continue to walk in beauty

Just a short letter regarding the May 11, 2005, Navajo Hopi Observer front page. The Observer had Radmilla Cody on the front page holding a microphone. I was delighted to see that she is out and doing well. I would like to say to Radmilla, "We are glad that you are back to singing and doing well, welcome home." My family and I love you and love your singing.

Although things did not go well for you in the past you have conquered all odds. One thing that you should do is hold your head up high and be proud of who you are. Do not allow anyone to make you feel bad. In this life I have found that no one is perfect. We are all human and do err in spite of our traditional teachings of the dos and the don'ts.

We have also been taught by our grandparents, our parents, aunts, uncles and other relatives that we are to walk in beauty. We Navajo people all desire to walk in beauty. Our prayers are let there be beauty beneath me meaning walking on mother earth, beauty above me relating to father sky, and beauty all around me. We all seek and strife to be surrounded by beauty.

In conclusion, I would like to encourage Radmilla to continue to walk in beauty, continue her singing career, and be strong, courageous and not allow anyone to cast her inner spirit down.

Mary Sampson

Tuba City, Ariz.

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