I took a trip down memory lane last night while watching the BBC1 series Child of Our Time. For me, the interviews with disabled artist Alison Lapper and her son Parys were particularly poignant.
A few years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Alison at her Sussex-based studio and, I can honestly say, this feisty woman is one of the most remarkable and inspirational people I’ve ever met. At the time, it was abundantly clear that Parys was the apple of Alison’s eye and, judging by last night’s tiny snapshot of their lives, it’s obvious that this very special bond is still just as strong.
I’ll never forget Alison’s parting shot as our interview drew to a close. She confided: “Life is good and I’m very happy with the way things are. I really believe that if you believe in yourself you can do whatever you want.” Food for thought…
The second episode is on BBC1 tonight at 9pm.
Professor Robert Winston (above) presenter of Child of Our Time. Photograph: Eirin OH Getveit/BBC