Far too many kids are forced to grow up with a parent.
More often than not this is something we carry with us for the rest of our life. After all, our parents are the single most influential and strong forces in forming us to the adults we finally become.
This story is an inspirational piece that show us that being a parent doesn’t have anything to do with blood.
From the time Cody was a child, he knew he wanted to be a father. With no solid father figure of his own, it looked difficult finding his way to fatherhood. Then, a man named Mr Chip stepped in.
Cody didn’t speak much about his relationship with Mr. Chip for decades until a photo of the loving man and his baby boy went viral. Then, Cody decided to speak up and share why the photo was so important.
So he took to Facebook and wrote:
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 apart of my sons life. If he learns half the things from Mr . Chip as I did he will become a great son, man and father.
Everyday 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.
Since posting it again, the image has gone viral with hundreds of thousands sharing his story – and media all over the world reporting about it.
And it’s easy to see why – please help sharing this amazing story so everyone get a chance to be moved by this wonderful family!