They were approximately 8 weeks old, this pair of sneakers. How does an 8 year old boy manage to do this to a pair of sneakers in 8 weeks? It's not just this pair, it's every pair. It doesn't seem to matter the cost or the brand. I asked this particular 8 year old boy how the hole in the side of his shoe came to be. (I could sort of understand the hole in the toe of his shoe. There's sliding to be done and the dragging of the feet when one is just too tired to walk properly.) He answered quite simply, "the hoe." Because for those of you know this boy, he does an astonishing amount of gardening. What???