Dad’s message about his childhood neighbor is warming hearts

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Where’s hope and love there’s always happiness in the end, no matter how hard times you live. This has to do with the story of Cody Shugart, a man from Texas and his childhood neighbor, Mr. Chip.

Since he was just a little kid, Cody’s greatest wish was to be a father. Anyway he never thought that  fatherhood would be so challenging. But Mr. Chip was there to help, again.

Image credits : Aubrie Shurgart/Facebook

For decades, Cody hasn’t revealed a thing about his special relationship with Mr. Chip. But recently he posted on Facebook a photo of his baby boy and his loving neighbor that went viral. So Cody decided that it’s the moment to speak out. Here’s his heart melting message:

Image credits: Cody Shugart/Facebook

“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.”

Cody’s photo is proving what love and kindness really is. Hopefully little Bob Wayne will learn as much as his father from this two extraordinary people!