Kezia Aileen Lozano

What is the meaning behind your name?

Less than impressed with traditional Hispanic names, my parents were more than eager to accept the suggestion of a friend who rushed up to them with an enthusiastic smile and a Bible open to the book of Job. Keziah, the name of one of Job’s three daughters given to him after his trials, is a Hebrew name derived from the cassia, or cinnamon, tree; my parents dropped the “h” to make the pronunciation match Spanish vowels and named me Kezia.

Although I am generally appreciative of my strange forename, the origin of my middle name is something I hold dear. Around the time my parents were newly married, my father was an usher at their church, holding the door open every Sunday morning. Every day, a little girl would quietly make her way to his side and slip her small hand into his. She would toddle over, stand next to him as he held the door until the service would begin; only then would they move to their respective seats, she with her mother and her five siblings, and my father next to my mother.

This silent ritual went on for three years; as soon as her mother would find her seat, the toddler would get up and take my dad’s hand, the pair exchanging nothing more than bashful smiles. Soon after the little girl began her...

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