Tyler Perry, who admits to having endured beatings and sexual abuse as a child, urged parents to appreciate their kids and who they will one day become.
“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?” Tyler wrote on his blog.
The director and playwright, who recently experienced a pregnancy scare with his unidentified love interest, was moved to write the letter to parents after seeing a father and son spending quality time together.
“A few days ago, I was in the car on my way to set when we stopped at a red light. I … saw a father walking across the street holding his son’s hand. The child couldn’t have been more then 2 or 3 years old, this kid was giddy with joy. I watched this man and his son go into the park and start running and playing,” wrote Tyler, who said the scene caused him to shed a few tears.
“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,” he said.
—Tracy L. Scott