Before I clicked ‘play’ and heard City High Radio's ‘The Words of Our Parents’, I was expecting some sort of confession about how irritating parents really are. That is not what this piece is. The producer, Grace, does a beautiful job putting together this vox-pop piece, which is more like a conversation than your average vox pop. By asking only one question in the beginning and stringing on answers from various people, Grace puts together little nuggets of insight in a very powerful way. The casual style of the piece – no copy, just cuts – makes its messages all the more resonant with the listener.
This piece is a reminder to take the words our parents say to heart. While listening, I was transported to a place reminiscent of the safety that only parents can give. There are mixed anecdotes of things parents have said, some hurtful, some true; the wide variety only supports the idea that parents wish the best for their children.
One thing I felt would enhance this piece is a follow up. Such a follow up might be to ask the same question Grace asks to the parents rather than the children.
Maybe it is because of a personal recognition of how not to take parents for granted, but this piece to me is pretty flawless; it turns the little things our parents say into perhaps some of the biggest wisdoms of our lives.