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Il 21 febbraio del 1999, moriva all’età di 89 anni Lillian Redman. Suo marito Floyd diede a Lillian il Blue Swallow Motel di Tucumcari, New Mexico come regalo di fidanzamento nel 1958 e lo gestì per i successivi quattro decenni. Lillian regalava ad ogni ospite una copia di questa benedizione che ancora oggi è presente in ogni stanza del motel:
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“.

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