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One of the Greatest Gifts I've Ever Been Given

When I was a little boy (I couldn’t have been more than 6 or 7), my mother and I were riding in the car one day and she looked over at this car that was passing by and her eyes lit up. In my little boy voice, I said, "what mamma?" She said, "you see that car right there, that’s beautiful." I said to her, "when I get big I'm going to buy you that car." She looked at me and said, "OK baby," and smiled. I don’t know if she believed me, but she sure made me feel like I would one day.

When I was growing up, there were so many times when she was sad because of our home situation or her illnesses. She had survived breast cancer and came through some unimaginable things in her life. As a child, I felt this huge responsibility to try and make her feel better.  I can remember being very young sitting with her on the sofa trying to comfort her. I would say, "when I get big, I'm going to be able to take care of you and you won't have to worry about anything."  She would say, "OK baby," then I would go to my room and pray. I remember this like it was yesterday. I would pray, "God, please bless me enough to be able to take care of my mother."  That’s all I wanted! My hope was just to do well enough to take care of her, that’s it. Now look at what the LORD has done….Jesus!

I remember the day I told her to retire, she was so worried. I told her it would be ok.  I had just started to do well and to tell you the truth, I was worried too. What if this play thing didn’t work out. :-) But I believed God had answered my prayer, so I looked at her straight in the eyes and I said, "I made you a promise when I was a little boy, and I will take care of you." We both sat there in tears for a while…..that was a sweet moment!

I said all of that to say, one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given came from YOU!  God used you to bless me, so that the last 12 years of my mothers life, even with all her health issues, she never had to worry about a roof over her head, bills or how she would afford her medications or doctor visits. Because of you, the man I am now was able to keep his little boy promise. You have no idea how thankful I am for all of you who have stood with me over the years.

So, from my heart to yours, and on behalf of my dearly departed mother, may I just say, "thank you." You allowed me to be able to take care of my mother and that is the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.

Merry Christmas and God bless.

Big tears here….THANK YOU!

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  • Merry Christmas

    Thank you for all you do for so many. I love you and God bless you for keeping your promise to your mother. I love you!

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  • Gerry Abuja

    Mr Tyler, God Bless Your Mother's Soul. Am sure your Mom is in Heaven smiling Down & Thanking God for what a Wonderful Son He gave her & How well you turned out. I love & value my Mom a lot because my Mom is the instrument God Used to make me who I am today,a Lawyer who has been called to the Nigerian Bar. I come from a Polygamous Home & from a part of Nigeria where being a Male Child is a Big deal & Female Children are not important. My Mother had Four Daughters & just 1son . My Mom single Handedly sent I & my 3Sisters to School because it is believed we are Girls & it was a waste of money training a Girl Child. My Mom,borrowed money from money lenders,sold her things & did jobs to make sure all her Girls had an Education. My Dad only trained his Special Son. Even when I got admission to the University to read Law & I told my Dad,thinking my Dad will be happy He was going to have a Lawyer in the Family my Dad asked me to go into prostitution if I wanted to be a Lawyer. But He was not going to waste his money training a Daughter & waste his money only for another man's Son to get marry to his Daughter & enjoy all the money he wasted training a Daughter. My Mom said over her Dead Body would she allow me to go into Prostitution & borrowed Money to send me off to School to read Lawy . And by the Grace of God am a Lawyer & all my 3 Sisters are all University Graduates thanks to God & my Wonderful Mother. Our Mothers our Rare Gems. God bless all Mothers. God bless you.

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  • Leah Marie Portland Oregon

    As I find the tears of joy rolling down my face as I compare a little boy promise mentally to a little girls fear I cant help but cry.. It is yet our experiences that makes us who we are.. RU there is this yet secure.. Be blessed..

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  • carli Bridge City TX

    THAT WAS SO SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  • dorothyedlow south hill va

    tyler i feel where you are,were coming from.i am the biggest fab of my mother.she has taught me how to be the best mother that i could have been to my kids while her health was felling her everyday.from the beginning of her health falling on her i have been there for her through everything.i thank god that she is still around for me to be able to still take care of her.we know that we could loose her at anytime.considering that the only reason she is still alive is due to a machine.she has been my role model for life.i wished i could say that i have given her the chance to meet and greet a famous celeberity such as yourself because she just loves herself some madea

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  • Ana milwaukee wisconsin

    I want to say thank u I dnt have to much faith I been through so much inmy life but ur movies has help me so much I love u and madia I have more sad days than happy ones but when am down I put one of your movies or play and it just changes my day so thank you so much am a single mother hew been through h*** and back 3of my kifs are with thr dad a good dad.and 5with me my oldest hates meand I fl like am nt a good mother my kids do undertand why there seperated but I here there pain am homeless right now I just went to court for my s.s.I I dnt no jet if am blessd to win but am tired of my life and am only 36 my ma died wen I was seven I was raped a few dayd latter nobody raised me and my dad abandend me .am from chicago from humbold park nom leaving in milwukee wisconsin. I inpayer me to keep fighting tnks

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  • Henry ofori ghana

    hello mr perry how are you doing overthere i hope by the grace of almighty GOD you are doing great by the way i love watching your movies and i enjoy every bit of it. please i wanna know if you are the same man who plays the part of madea?. because am confuse over here and secondly please i wanna you to help me i think i got this talent acting and i wana exhibit it through your movies yes am ready to give you all my best but have u experienced any act by an african??? please i will be glad if you help me, hope to hear from ya may GOD bless you with your good work hope to hear from ya sooner.

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  • Sharon Mullins Davidson Georgia

    Tyler, That is a beautiful thing. May God Bless You Always. I pray every day that God will bless me so that befor I leave this world I can provide for my special needs child all the things she will need after I leave this world. That is my greatest fear. Tyler I pray that God bless you always..... You are a very talented man.....Continue all the good you do for others........ Sharon..

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  • Martha Halcrombe Champaign, Illinois 61822

    Hi Mr. Tyler Perry, I have been following you for years.....When me and my husband first got Married. We had our honeymoon in Chicago. We attended your play titled I KNOW I'VE BEEN CHANGED. Remember....:) We have bee married for 13 years. I Thank God for bringing My hat goes off to you for caring for your Mother. I want to care for my 87 year old Father with some illnesses. I do take care of him and work full time. We want to start our own business selling Bar-Be-Que. my husband can prepare some mean ribs. We need a sponsor. Please think about .... It don't hurt to ask Martha

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  • Patricia Newton-Foster New Haven, Connecticut 06519

    Tyler, I just read your story about you MOM and it touch me and made me cry . It made me cry because God heard your prays and he knows your heart and Dreams. All you wanted to do was be there for your MOM and you did the job. But most of all you were able to keep her from worrying about a bill or a roof over her head, Job Well done Tyler.

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  • Twyla Richardson Miami,Florida

    This story has filled the wells of my eyes and touched my heart.Having a relationship with God is truly a blessing.I commend you for being one that keeps his word, i know you continue to make your mother proud.Tyler may God continue blessing you!!!!!!!!

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  • Ms. Lee Cleveland. Ohio

    l was watching the Monique show late night on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. I have a passion of working with people in substance Abuse. I created a motivation program called F.L.A. that stands for First Last Always Positive. My theory Theory is we have to help them restructure their Thinking. Teach them positive things, not talk about them, but teach them. I say. You inspired me so much, and you said step Out on faith, and God will work it out. I just typed my Letters to expand this program. I love you, you are a beatifu Person, and Thank you. I will keep you posted. God bless you

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