Because Stuff Doesn’t Last

Yesterday, the day after his 11th birthday, our youngest son came to me, saying he needed new shoes. Talk about an understatement. (See photo above) I bought him those sneakers last spring. He said he’d be willing to continue to wear his canvas and rubber Chuck Taylor Hi-Tops if I would please just buy him a new pair.

He adored those sneakers. They’re marketed as “classic hi-top kicks (that) have remained true to the original Chuck Taylors to give your little one some authentic, old-school style.”  When he spied them at the East Brunswick Kohl’s last spring, they were a fresh Royal blue. Our basketball-loving boy was delighted to learn that American basketball player Charles Hollis “Chuck” Taylor was also a shoe salesman and that Chuck Taylors are history’s best-selling basketball shoes. From daily wear, including on the basketball court, the rubber soles eroded. And now our son’s socks (or ankles) are visible from both sides of each sneaker where the canvas wore away.

It is hard sometimes to explain to young ones how the world we inhabit is much less important than the world we hope to inherit. Or how the world we know is younger than the kingdom created for us before time began. Perhaps our son’s beloved Chuck Taylors serve as a reminder for him, and for me too, of what Our Lord makes clear in His Sermon on the Mount.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys.

  • Anonymous

    Great post! Also just read your post on Feast of Corpus Christi and I totally loved it because your statement about not fitting in and finding solace in Holy Eucharist resonated with me. I am a transplanted midwesterner living in NYC, the only girl in our house(husband and two sons) having just endured a Sunday with back to back football games, and a neighborhood where the neighbors are nice but distant. I am very blessed in so many ways but do feel the singularity and aloneness that you mentioned. Keep up your amazing blog. God Bless!

  • Armando

    Wow, he waited that long (to the point where he really can't even wear them anymore) to tell you.

  • Allison

    @Anon: Thanks for reading and commenting! I am glad you found us.@Armando: Yes, he is a remarkable child. By the way, I wrote a few posts over the summer on my visit to Toronto. Check them out!