Welcome to Five Minute Friday for 2015. After a couple of weeks off for the holidays, my friends and I are back pecking at the keys … writing for five minutes on a specific prompt word. We then share our work at Kate’s place ( http://katemotaung.com/2015/01/08/five-minute-friday-welcome-and-a-video/).
Appropriately, the first prompt for 2015 is WELCOME. So, let’s set the timer and see what we come up with …
Welcome to Pennsylvania. Welcome to Ohio. Welcome to Indiana. Welcome to Illinois. Welcome to Wisconsin. Welcome to Lambeau Field.
That’s right, the delay in writing is because I was en route yesterday and earlier today on a trip to the Dallas-Green Bay playoff game.
But the “welcomes” reminded me of the stint Karen and I had as motel/bed & breakfast owners. High on our priority list was always to say, “Welcome to the Seneca Sunset Motel.”
The motel was a 1950s style, three unit facility. Karen poured her heart and soul into decorating the rooms around the yellow and black tiled bathrooms, stall showers with antiquated hardware and linoleum floors. She meticulously decorated the rooms in different motifs,– country, wine and Victorian — and we often spent our “down time” searching for accompaniments that would fit the motif…
She went a step further to add value. She prepared breakfast whenever we had guests, serving it in our dining room. … STOP
… We inevidently checked in on our guests to make sure everything was alright. This, of, course led to conversations about them … where they were from, why they were in the area, etc. We not only wanted them to feel like customers, but welcomed them as guests in our home. And it made a difference.
Make a difference. Welcome the stranger. Welcome the traveler. Welcome all those you come in touch with.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: My troubles will always have trouble with me.