Growing up is one of the toughest things to do in this journey called life, especially when we realize that growing up is a lot different from growing old. It will indeed be a lot tougher growing up without the people who are supposed to guide you all throughout your life. Cody Shugart was a man who never had a father under their roof. But Cody was not at all unlucky! Growing up, there was this man whom he regarded as a family, in whom he also called Mr. Chip. From the moment he had an idea of what adults are doing, Cody knew that he wanted to be a father. But without a father figure in his life, Cody knew that being a father himself would be hard. Thankfully, Mr. Chip has always been generous to him, not just as a neighbor, but as a real father. Apparently, just a little portion of Cody’s closest friends know about Mr. Chip. After this photo was taken and gone viral, Cody knew that he needed to share their story.
“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 was 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 was indeed a story that was never expected of him. However, people are praising Mr. Chip for being there for Cody especially during the times when he most needed a father to guide him. Now, Mr. Chip or Pop’s family is a bit bigger with Bob Wayne in it! It was indeed an inspiring story, no blood nor race can define what family truly is.