A new sheriff in town…

 This evening, when Luke and I came into the house after a long afternoon of playing in the backyard (his friend A was over for most of the day, which is Luke’s idea of pure bliss), there was a letter from his Cioca. It was thick and taped very securely with Scotch Tape, which seemed to excite Luke even more as he handed it to me so I could open it for him. I handed it back to him once I opened it, and when he saw the shoulder patch from the Chicago Police, he smiled even harder and sat down with me to read the very official looking letter from the Chicago Police Department inside!

Here he is, holding the patch, which it turns out was sent by the Chicago Police in response to a letter his Cioca had written them telling them about a certain little boy who was very fond of policemen, as well as being a descendant of a Chicago cop back in the mid 1900’s. All of this seemed to impress them very much (and we would love to see the original letter Cioca wrote), and they sent the patch and very nice letter in return.

 But, lo and behold, there was also a box addressed to “Mr. Luke B”, and after Jack took what seemed like forever to open it, there was inside…

 a plastic bag?

 A Chicago Policeman cap and very cool t-shirt!!

 Getting the hat the right size was the first order of the day, and it took about 4 tries before Luke was perfectly satisfied with the fit…

 Checking out the t-shirt…

 Posing for Mama with a big smile…

 

 

 No matter that he had on a fresh pair of jammies after a bath (he played really hard in the backyard), he had to wear the shirt right away…

 What is this on the shirt?

 A big black gun! How very cool…

 Another smiley picture and then…

 Luke rushes to get the rest of his gear…a holster, another gun…

 and his cowboy boots, of course.

 Oh, a big Daddy BAD GUY has just walked into the house…

 and Luke nails him!

He puts on the walkie-talkie, and his uniform is complete. He played policeman until he had to go to bed, wearing his new t-shirt of course. He also put some tape on the brim of the hat later on so he could write his name on his hat (he wrote on the tape), and then had me write “Chicago Police” on another piece of tape on the brim because he wanted that to be on both places. It will be interesting to see what he does for the next few days with his new gear, but he was one happy boy going to bed tonight, so thanks, Cioca!

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