With all the divisiveness and hate running rampant in the U.S., we often forget about the compassionate, loving people who touch others’ lives every day. That’s why Cody Shugart is here to share the story of someone who helped shape him into the man he is today.
Shugart grew up without his dad, but found an amazing father figure in his childhood neighbor, Mr. Chip. The man was always there, teaching him life’s important lessons and offering advice. Now that Shugart is a dad himself, he thought it only fitting to share a photo of Mr. Chip with his son and explain why the man holds such a special place in his heart. Read his touching message below.
“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.”
This is what we should all be seeing more of in our news feeds.