Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Nelson Turnbull
I wish I had a photo of him to show you

Yesterday Mr. PV needed some banana pudding to take to our Golden Age Center for a dinner his bank will serve tonight

I made a little container to take to Mr. Turnbull today sometime.  I sure hope he likes banana pudding, if he doesn't, the nurses will, so it will not go uneaten

In November, Grace and I delivered Meals on Wheels and he was on our route

Sometime last year our Chinese restaurant closed...a place I loved and miss

stay with me...

Every time we ate Chinese, Mr. Turnbull was there.  We didn't eat it every day but seeing him every time made me wonder if he ate there every day.  It tickled me that a man his age would like Chinese and I was always so intrigued with him...eating alone, quite comfortable, driving himself.  
He seemed like he might have been 80  
Yes, I think 80

So back to when Grace and I delivered him Meals on Wheels...that's the first time I knew his name.

Nelson Turnbull

Hmmmm.....could we be related?  Such an unusual name...

I printed up a copy of all the information I had from my heritage dating back as far as we can go...1799...it was so great to be able to visit him.  His home was so clean and nice.  He smelled like fresh soap and perhaps he had gotten up and dressed to be delivered his meal.  He was quite dapper.  I knew he probably missed Chinese like I did...we talked about...being related...could it be?

 Last week Mr. PV forwarded me an email.  Mr. Nelson Turnbull had fallen and broken his hip.  After some time in the hospital in Amarillo, he was now at home in our hospital and the email said this...

As some of you may know, Mr. Nelson Turnbull, one of our customers, is back home in our hospital. He will turn 100 on Saturday and maybe some of you might like to go by and visit him.

I don't know about anyone else...but I am taking that 100 year old man some banana pudding...one of the things the Chinese food restaurant served every day.


Karena Albert said...

Oh my goodness Gina, how fascinating and perhaps he still loves and misses his Chinese meals as well!!

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Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Gina you always post things that touch my heart ... Chinese meals for a sweet smelling old guy. And you crom your kind heart with meals on wheels.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Stupid auto correct with Mac. I typed in From and it changed it to crom. Yikes!!!!

bj said...

SEE...??...I told you you are the sweetest !!!

designchic said...

What a wonderful story...you are the best! Banana pudding will definitely make him feel better!! Happy Sunday ~