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Do you know?

Hey there, DO YOU KNOW?

I'm shooting I, ALEX CROSS. It's a James Patterson book that we're making into a movie. I can't remember if I shared that with you or not.

On to the reason I'm writing. A few days ago, I was in the car on my way to set when we stopped at a red light.  I looked up from my script and saw a father walking across the street holding his son's hand.  The child couldn't have been more then 2 or 3years old, this kid was giddy with joy.  I watched this man and his son go into the park and start running and playing. The light changed and as we drove away, I turned around in the back seat to watch them until they were out of sight. My eyes filled with water, I thought to myself, this is really a strange reaction. I was thinking, why did I have such a strong emotional reaction to this father and son? It didn't take long for me to realize that it was because I never had those kind of experiences, never knew that kind of unconditional joy, never knew what it felt like to be wanted and adored as a child.

Which made me think of this question. I wonder if the man I called 'Daddy' as a child, knew then what he knows now, would he have treated me any differently? If he had known, the little boy that depended on him for food and shelter would grow up to be a man that he would have to depend on for food and shelter, would he have made different choices? I realized that my emotion to that moment was about this man loving his child in the purest sense. No matter what the future holds for that little boy, he will always have that moment with his daddy loving him, for him.

There is an old song written by the Gaither's called, MARY, DID YOU KNOW? It's a beautiful song asking Mary, the mother of Jesus, the question, "Did you know that her baby boy would come to save the world?" The lyrics go on to ask, "Mary did you know that when you kissed the little baby, you kissed the face of God?"  My favorite lyric is this one, "Mary, did you know that the child that you delivered will soon deliver you?" That last line makes me think of my own mother. Before she died she often said to me that she had no idea that her little baby boy would be able to take care of her the way I did. I get so much joy knowing that I could and I did. That lets me sleep at night.   Mom, I thank you! You helped me be able to do that.  God bless you!

I want to leave you with these questions. It's for every parent, the good and the bad. DO YOU KNOW who is in your house? DO YOU KNOW whom you're raising, and will the child that you delivered, have to deliver you in your old age? Think about it, and know that when you kiss that innocent face of your child, you kiss the face of God.

God Bless, talk soon.

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  • KD Dallas, TX

    Wow, lying here with tears streaming down my face. So thankful that God spared ur life to share with us. I can only imagine the pain n joy u struggle with daily. God is healing u with every story u tell, every word u write, every hug u give. I know that one day I will be working growing , and being healed as I work beside, with, and for u an our God. I am a hairstylist who has always dreamed if working on the set if a show or movie in Hollywood until u came along. Now I wrk n prepare to wrk at TPS. Checking out ur Inspirational Corner just boosts my confidence!!!!! Thank-you!!!! I hope to oneday have the courage and strength to tell my story. I am a Great Work saith the Lord!

  • Dorothy Asare taunton Ma

    I Love you Tyler Perry! I'm not crazy but soon you will know it too.Have a good time and Take Care of yourself .LOL

  • Dr. Veronica Brown Los Angeles, CA

    I am a proud single parent of an 8 year old. Oh, how I love this Kodak moment you portrayed as it was laced with emotional remembrance for everyone to ponder upon. We often are so busy with life that we forget the "little" moments which mean the most. As an educator, I see too often the opposite of what you wrote about. I remember those happy moments as a child. It does provide confidence and a sense of assurance for a child that makes them unbreakable and able to conquer most in life. Thank you for sharing this piece. It truly brings tears to my eyes.

    • melitee mallard 327 E.57 St. Chicago Il. 60637 #1564455

      I like all of your movies, and keep up the great work Tyler.

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  • lisa Oceanside, Ca

    I cry because I feel the same way at times. Most people don't understand how even though you grow older you go back to that place as a child & long for that. I am hurt & just healing but your motivation inspires me!

  • Gladys Boston, MA

    You have done so much great work, You also inspire me as an Actress to keep on trying everyday.

  • Talishia Fisher haysville, ks

    Love the things you do!!!

  • Marjorie La Force Castries, St Lucia

    This is so inspirational, Thank you Tyler I really look up to you- Keep them coming I enjoy all your movies and tv shows. God Bless You

  • Savannah Johnson North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Tyler, you have been an insperation to since I was 16 years old. The first piece of work I saw of yours was "Madea's Family Reunion" Play and it is still my favorite to this day (although Happy Family is a close second and I love all of your works). I remember walking to the break room at Chick-fil-A (my after school job at the time) and hearing "Brown, what choo derin' in my yard?" and thinking to myself, 'what in the world is that?'. Then, after borrowing the movie and watching it, the play made me smile even more because Madea reminds me of the black version of my great-grandmother. The first thing I did when I lost her the following April (after losing my mother in a car accident and almost losing my father as well) was put in "Family Reunion" and lay on my bed laughing at Madea while crying at the same time. I don't go to church but I do believe in God and I go to the movies. I'm so long winded, I know, my friends call me the lungs of life when I get going, especially when I sing. All in all, I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you do. And you do need to slow down for a couple months...I know that losing a mother is very difficult but you need time to grieve as well. Take care of yourself Tyler, and thank you for all that you do again. -Savannah

  • Jenniferlynn Martin Pasadena, Texas

    HI TP--yesterday I went to see a movie called COURAGEOUS --I thought this movie is a white version of Tyler Perry!!! Get a chance and go see it and you will see what I mean. By the way, I go to church and to the movies. Tyler you need to slow down, we don't want to lose you but that sure is alot bookings for one man. Take care and thanks for the inspiritional Corner.

  • Norma Drummond United States

    I am a fan of James Patterson, i just finish reading this book a few weeks, i have read about all of his books. I cannot wait to see this movie, can you tell me the reason why you are making this movie?

    • Shirley Kentucky #1561364

      Mr.Perry,I have been a fan of your plays and Madea for years now. Im so excited you are doing a movie on Alex Cross!!! Only you could bring this book to life on the big screen. Cant wait to see this. I thank God that you were HIDDEN!!!

  • Lisa Pittsburgh

    Hi Mr Perry, I love your movies and sitcoms and I am looking forward to your new movie. I recently read "The Shack" by William Paul Young it's a great book and would make a wonderful movie. If you get a opportunity please read it.

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