Here in Navajo-Land it is considered a blessing to have a long life. And yet it is not just a blessing for the one who lives long, but those who know them, their families and friends.
On February 15th, we had the joy of celebrating 105 years for one of our Navajo Residents, Jean Nez. She is a very frail little lady and the staff and Sisters respectfully call her “Shimásání “or “Grandma”. The staff truly treats her as if she were their own Grandmother, making sure that she is dressed in the traditional skirt of the Navajo women, this is a three-tiered skirt which symbolize the youth, the adult and the Elderly. She also always wears a scarf, which is so very common for the Elderly Navajo women.
We wish Jean “Baa Hózhọ́go Nidizhchí” (Navajo for Happy Birthday), and many blessings!