Opinion: When the son surpasses his father
What happens when your son grows into a young man who is stronger and more independent?
June 14th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Opinion: When the son surpasses his father

Editor's note: LZ Granderson, who writes a weekly column for CNN.com, was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist for commentary. He is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter: @locs_n_laughs

By LZ Granderson, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - My heart was pounding so hard, it felt as if it were trying to break free from my body.

I couldn't breathe.

I felt dizzy and feverish, and my eyes stung from all of the sweat dripping into them.

And as I was desperately trying to figure out what was happening to me, I suddenly had this debilitating thought: My God, my son is trying to kill me.

Why else would he be running so fast? And so far?

When my 15-year-old asked if I would go jogging with him, I didn't think anything of it. We've worked out together many times before, and though it's been a while since we went running, I play basketball and tennis every week, so I'm in great shape ... for a guy my age.

But something unexpected happened somewhere between me laying him down in his bassinet and me being on the cusp of lying down on the sidewalk I was running on: We got older.

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  1. Pete

    It's also nice when your kids grow up,taking your so called outdated morals and being complimented on their use,even in todays misguided world.Saying thank you,mame,sir,holding open doors for women,yes mame ,yes sir,excuse me,its a testiment to you sticking to your guns while raising these kids to be the adults of tommorrow and morals that don't get old with age..We're the only ones getting old that's all...

    June 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jorge

    What happens when your son grows into a young man who is stronger and more independent than you?-You look yourself in the mirror, smile and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |