Thursday, November 3, 2011
"The Goat Lady"
Good Morning Folks,
There is a lady who lives up in Utah named Kazia Hancock. She lives out in the country with her dogs, her ducks and geese and her goats. In fact, she is known as The Goat Lady. When you look in her eyes you see the sparkle of a bright shining soul looking back at you. Her face reflects an aura of peace and love and contentment. It should; her part time occupation is that of "peacemaker".
Ms Hancock has attended no peace conference nor does she hold official credentials as an Ambassador, though ambassador and diplomat she is.
Ms. Hancock is a renowned artist. Her work is captivating and eclectic...and superb.
But Ms. Hancock's best work is reserved for only a select special few; she paints portraits of every serviceman and woman who have given their life for our country. Using a photograph, Ms. Hancock paints an original oil portrait of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and presents it to the service member's family. She says she falls in love with every warrior she has painted. She loves to quote Father Denis O'Brien of the U.S. Marine Corp:
It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.
As the war toll has risen Ms. Hancock now enlists the help of three other cooperative artists who formed "Project Compassion" to insure every surviving family has a portrait of their loved one. The families love her and speak of the immense comfort this gesture of love and respect gives them. Service members write Kazia and say such things as "thank you....we cannot think of a better example of who we're fighting for than you"..
Yes, Kazia Hancock is indeed a peacemaker. She is the Ambassador to the Human Heart. She is the official liaison between the fallen soldier and his family, giving them, through her portrait, the last whisper of love from the noble heart.
And May God forever bless our dearest Ambassador.
Note: Should you wish to write and thank this wonderful lady for her service to our country, you can email her at ProjectCompassion@manti.com.