Channel Four’s “Cutting Edge” documentary this evening featured four girls starting at boarding school for the first time.  Only eight, they have to leave their mothers behind, and they cry, and the mothers cry, and at home here we cried with them.  I was those mothers.  Still am sometimes.  One in particular articulated all my sadness, my fears, the emptiness left behind, the need to fill the vacuum.

After a while the inevitability of it all sunk in, and mother and daughter began to adapt.  The daughter bonded with another eight year old and they clung on to each other for support.  The mother walked her dog more, and threw balls further away, and found justifications for it all.

Watch it (in the UK) here:

Read a long review of the programme (in the Daily Mail) here: