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To All The Women Turnip Has Loved Before

Feb 23, 2010

I am Turner Stimpson and I believe I have an interesting story to tell. Along my journey, I have many stories that all have become a special and integral part of my life. They are stories that will make one laugh, cry and jump for joy. And, they all are rooted deeply with unconditional love.

As a third generation hosiery manufacturer of a family business, my life as I know it now has made a 180 degree turn. And, as if it were yesterday, through the eyes of a dementia patient, “Miss Mourne” and by the slip of the tongue, I became “Turnip.” She was calling out to me: “Turnip, I want to be with Turnip.” I know now that I was making a difference in someone’s life. I knew that God had given me a very large heart, and along with it, the gift of love. It was time to recognize this precious gift and use it. In my mind, everything was finally in place. I was aware of my gift, but most importantly, I realized I wanted to share it. And, share it I did, never knowing that my life would never be the same.

Now as I reflect on that memorable day in December, 1994, I know Miss Mourne changed my life forever. I know also that I became a part of God’s plan on that memorable day. All of a sudden my life had meaning and purpose. Yes, I now had my own identity – I was Turnip, a nickname given to me out of trust and love. It does not get any better than this! A name can refer to people, places and events. Sometimes certain people, places and events have an everlasting influence on our journey through life. A personal name, I believe, is our very essence. A name is up close and personal and can be a reflection of our worth in the eyes of others. A name can reflect on your ancestry. A name can give one a certain amount of self-esteem and, more importantly, meaning in one’s life. Yes, Miss Mourne gave me a real purpose in my life.

Now, as I sit and ponder and wonder in an attempt to get started on this book, I begin to think of all the other people who influenced me, especially women. How did I get so far? Yes, Turner Stimpson was once a shy, young man never believing that one day I would be traveling extensively around the United States as a keynote speaker for changing the prevailing “face” of Alzheimer’s and eliminating the negative fear associated with it. I never could imagine me appearing on numerous television shows such as: “Your Health” with Dr. Richard and Cindy Becker in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas; “The Jenny Craig Show” in Chicago, Illinois; “Sonora Living” in Phoenix, Arizona; “Denver Celebration” in Denver, Colorado; “Joy in Our Town” in Indianapolis, Indiana; and on “Today’s Family” in Orlando, Florida. I also never dreamed it was possible for me, Turner Stimpson, to be a regular on National Public Radio, even “America Tonight.” All this makes me very humble and thankful to God. I know He gave me the precious gift of love and I am very grateful; however, being on earth, we need people that believe in us and take the time to nurture us in order that we might find our special gifts. I believe women come into this world wanting to nurture. I believe too that this precious gift is a gift from God. It enables a woman one day to be a good wife, mother, and friend; if only we men especially can stop and realize how special the women in our lives are. Turnip realizes that. I know I have been blessed with so many women that have been an integral part of my life. Most women are multi-tasked and multi-talented and can take you places you never dreamed you could go, if you just take good care of them and love and appreciate them. That is the case with me; and, now I pay tribute to these special women. I know my life would never have made that 180 degree turn without them!

By now you are asking yourself, “When is Turnip going to stop rambling and begin the book?” However, if you have read my other books, then you know I might ramble awhile before we get started, so just bear with me. It is not going to be long now.
With regard to my book and tribute to women, I believe this book is one that has always been meant to come to life. Like all of my books, I first came up with the title before I began to write or, for now, ramble. This title came about while sleeping and, in particular, dreaming about (of all things) Willie Nelson. Yes, I was dreaming about Willie Nelson and his song “To All The Girls I have Loved Before” After waking and realizing what I had been dreaming, I knew that “Home With You” and “No Rules, Just Right” would be on the back burner and I would be writing “To All The Women Turnip Has Loved Before.”

As we get close to beginning, I want to take this opportunity to welcome you into my world. I want you to be able to follow my journey, as I have continued to be touched by special women along the way that have literally molded and changed my life. I believe I was meant to write this book. As time goes on, I believe that I have realized the importance of women in my life and that I have paid tribute to them with compliments. However, I have never devoted an entire book to women. I know they deserve this.

As for the book, “To All The Women Turnip Has Loved Before,” I will share stories that will make one laugh, cry and jump for joy. Like my other books, they will all be rooted deeply in unconditional love; however, it is my intention for this book to be a “tell all” story. I believe in order to truly help someone, one must feel comfortable enough to share his innocent vulnerability. So, sit back and enjoy my innocent vulnerability. I hope you will enjoy my journey. Hopefully, you will be able to make it through the slow maturation process of my life. Even though I did not know any better, there always seemed to be a good woman there for me regardless of the moment. When did I realize how special women are? And, how on earth did I get this far? Yes, women made it all possible. Oh, I almost forgot, this book will include cards, gifts, plaques and love letters through the years. Lastly, the names will not be changed as I want each and every woman in my life to feel my tribute. I only pray I do not leave anyone out as all women are beautiful in my sight as well as to God. “What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy dog tails. That’s what little boys are made of.” “What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, and everything nice. That’s what little girls are made of.” You know, little girls are still sugar and spice and everything nice. I am paying tribute –join me “To All The Women Turnip Has Loved Before”!