The Grace of the Blue Swallow

The Grace of the Blue Swallow
Sept. 18 – 1997

Greetings traveler:

In ancient times, there was a prayer for “The Stranger Within our Gates.” Because this motel is a human institution to serve people, and not solely a money-making organization, we hope that God will grant you peace and rest while you are under our roof.

May this room and motel be your “second” home. May those you love be near you in thoughts and dreams. Even though we may not get to know you, we hope that you will be as comfortable and happy as if you were in your own house.

May the business that brought you this way prosper. May every call you make and every message you receive add to your joy. When you leave, may your journey be safe.

We are all travelers. From “birth till death” we travel between the eternities. May these days be pleasant for you, profitable for society, helpful for those you meet, and a joy to those you know and love best.

Sincerely yours,

Lillian Redman
Blue Swallow Motel
Tucumcari, New Mexico

Blue Swallow Motel
New Mexico, United States of America

Taken during travels, 1997

While traversing Route 66 from Chicago to L.A., we stopped in for a visit at the Blue Swallow Motel and spoke for a little while with Lillian. You can read about that encounter on my original travelogue, Nomadic Spirit. But, for here, I thought I’d just share this note Lillian wrote for her visitors and placed in every room.

Lillian died not long after our visit. She’d operated the Blue Swallow ever since receiving it as an engagement gift in 1958. Lillian was as gracious and generous in our brief encounter as this note implies. I’m so very glad to have had the chance to meet her.

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