My boy, my child, my pride. Sit, sit! Come visit with your papa. There is not much time left, and there is so much for me to say. You have been blessed with a charmed existence, son, a life of endless sunny days. For this, I am grateful; your mother and I worked hard to ensure you would have a childhood unburdened by the adversities of our own.
But there comes a time in every man’s life when he must give up the frivolities of youth, take on the true responsibilities of adulthood. That time has at last come for you, son. Do not misunderstand me: I am not asking you to purge yourself of your boyish enthusiasm and vigour. My heavens, no! Keep all of your brightly-coloured high-tops and your beat-up canvas skate shoes, and wear them in good health on the weekends and vacations.
I am merely proposing that you also invest in a pair of sneakers worthy of a gentleman of your standing. A pair like this one, from venerable Italian bootmakers Diemme.
Handcrafted in Italy from truly refined inside-out deerskin, this is footwear that will garner you the respect of your neighbours, your peers. That rich loden green hue will pair perfectly with the full spectrum of your wardrobe — from your dungarees all the way up to your chalk-stripe suits — and will position you as a man of fine taste and character.
Promise you will do this for me, my child. I have done my best to give you the tools for success, and this is my final lesson. May these sneakers always lead you down the right and proper path.