Five Minute Friday — Welcome

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 (

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.

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6 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Welcome

  1. marlen816 says:

    My husband and I went to a bed and breakfast on our honeymoon and went back for our 10th anniversary because we felt so welcome and so at home there. One of our dreams is to own a B&B one day. Thanks for the reminder of such great memories for me and my husband. Visiting from FMF =)

  2. Naomi says:

    I like this:
    “Make a difference. Welcome the stranger. Welcome the traveler. Welcome all those you come in touch with.”

    It made me think of the following quote from the Bible: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:2)

    God bless. πŸ™‚

  3. TamrahJo says:

    Your description reminds me of the local Blue Spruce Motel my dad stayed in over 30 years ago when working a job away from home – – Karen (yes, that is her real name) was the front desk person and was always interested in folks, where they were from, etc., I first met her when I was 8. At 19, when I transferred to a job in their town, she, still a friend, letter-exchanger with the family, took me in like a long lost daughter. Once I had settled enough to get my own place, she drug me out to their storage shed to see what furniture they had that I might have use of… πŸ™‚

    We still keep in contact and now, they are retired and she has moved to a wonderful community that she proudly announced to me last year, “Tam – you’ve got to come visit and stay with us – I’ll take you to the 2nd hand bookstore and antique store ..and you just have to see this, cuz I know you’d love it….”

    The personalities and gifts of the Karen’s we both knew/love are what make traveling/moving a more enjoyable experience for everyone! πŸ™‚

    • I still hear from some of our guests. There is too little of that interest in others these days but, by gum, I try to do all I can to reach out. Thanks for the story. Your Karen sounds like an angel. πŸ™‚

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