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.
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."