In a day and age when it seems like we’re more divided as a country than ever, there are still glimmers of hope and love. One such story has to do with a man named Cody Shugart and his childhood neighbor, Mr. Chip.
From the time Cody was a child, he knew he wanted to be a father. But without a solid father figure of his own, it seemed navigating the path of life to fatherhood would be challenging — then Mr. Chip got involved…
Cody remained quiet about his relationship with Mr. Chip for decades until a photo he posted of the loving man and his baby boy went viral online. Instead of staying quiet and letting the moment pass, Cody decided to speak up and share why the photo was so important.
“So a lot of people like this picture. So I wanted to take a minute to tell the story.
Milton West was my childhood next door neighbor. I knew him as Mr. Chip. He retired from DOW chemical as an operator. He has always been there for me since I was two years old.
Growing up without a father was always difficult for me. But the Good Lord surrounded me with great men — Mr. Chip was one of them.”
“He constantly preached the value of an education, taught me how to take care of a yard. He taught me to see people for who they are, not what they look like. He taught me how to treat my mother like a saint and many other life lessons. His contributions to me becoming a good son, man, and father were huge.
I am forever grateful for God putting him in my life.
So this past May my wife and I had a little boy named Bob Wayne Shugart. When Mr. Chip and his wife Shirley saw him they fell in love with him. They babysit him sometimes and we go and visit when we can. The last time we were over there Mr. Chip said he wants to be called ‘POP.’ He says that’s his grandson.
So we had to come up with a name for his wife. We decided on Lolli!
So we tell Bob Wayne we are going to see Lolli Pop! I’m grateful that Lolli and Pop will be part of my son’s life. If he learns half of the things from Mr. Chip as I did he will become a great son, man and father.
Every day I read something negative and how race relations are worse than ever. I disagree and I hope this is a positive loving message to many people. This is just one story in little ol’ Victoria, Texas. I’m sure there are millions of similar stories across the United States.”
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the discord today — but Cody’s photo is proof that, as long as we’re all good humans, we can get along and love each other! Hopefully Lolli and Pop will be around for years to come so Bob Wayne can learn as much from them as his father did.
As soon as Cody posted this photo online, it began to circulate around the country like crazy. In just a few days, it’s been liked more than 367,000 times and garnered more than 122,000 shares. It seems as though everyone wants to believe we can all come together again — no matter our backgrounds, orientations or beliefs!