Monday, December 31, 2018

Revisiting the Top Sloopin Post From 2018: A Somber but Beautiful Statement at South Loop Elementary

On the last day of the year, we wanted to take a quick look at our traffic and were happy to find that one of the most memorable things we've ever seen in the Sloop ended up having the most traffic. 

This post from February 20th, 2018 was a moment we won't forget:
A Somber but Beautiful Statement at South Loop Elementary 
If you were taking your kids to South Loop Elementary today or happened to be walking by, you likely noticed this:
While it took us a minute to wrap our head around the picture above, it quickly became clear that the Chicago Police department was "escorting" the daughter of murdered CPD Commander Paul Bauer back to school (via CBS Chicago):  
Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer is remembered for far more than his leadership on the CPD.

The commander of the 18th Police District was a man who got involved in his community, whether it was at his church – Nativity of Our Lord in Bridgeport — or at the school of his 13-year-old daughter, Grace.

At South Loop Elementary, blue ribbons line the street. Bauer is being remembered for always stepping up, starting the daddy-daughter dance and always smiling when with his daughter. 
We were choked up by the statement and symbolism as we walked to work. We can only imagine how his daughter and family are feeling.

While the reason for this moment was terrible and tragic, it was moving to see such a statement of support and love.

On that note, wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy 2019! 

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