Here's the touching truth behind the infamous picture of Mr Chip
The photo of a white baby in the arms of a black man in Texas has gone viral, and for all the right reasons.
Cody Shugart shared the photo on Facebook and explained in the caption that the image was a "message of love, of positivity, a story of victory."
The photo was taken at a time when "racial conflicts seem to be the order of the day," but Shugart's photo showed another slice of humanity.
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Shugart explained in his post that he grew up in Texas without a father. Growing up father-less impacted him in more ways than one.
It was a difficult period in his life, but Shugart said that "the good Lord surrounded [him] with great men [and] Mr. Chip was one of them."
Even though he loved Mr. Chip, he truly understood Mr. Chips impact on his life until he became a father himself. Shugart went one:
"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."
Shugart and his wife recently welcomed a child – a boy named Bab Wayne Shugart. Mr. Chip and his wife Shirley fell in love with Bob from the first moment they saw him.
The senior couple often babysits Bob when his parents need a well-deserved break from raising a tiny human and keeping him on the right path.
Mr. Chip considers little Bob as his own grandson, and wants Bob to call him Pop. Shugart joked that Shirley's new nickname is now Lolli.
Now, whenever they go visit Mr. Chip and Shirley, they can tell Bob that they are going to see Lolli Pop. Shugart is grateful to have them in his life:
"If he learns half the things from Mr. Chip as I did he will become a great son, man, and father."
Shugart believes that stories such as Mr. Chip's need to be shared, and that we should display compassion to everyone.
That is exactly what a mother from Texas did when she and her family opened their home to a baby who needed a stable environment.
Kasi and Shane Pruitt of Rowlett, Texas, have two biological daughters and two adopted sons, but there was still space in their heart and home for more.
They surprised their children with the news, and the kids' reaction went viral almost instantly. Read more about them here.