Three mothers prepare their first child for school on what is a traumatic morning for everyone. More
This story relates the final hours leading up to three mothers dropping their children off at primary school for the first time.
Summer 2003, was one of the hottest on record in the UK, and for three families, a date in early September, innocuously ringed on the calendar, seemed a lifetime away. But slowly and surely, the day when their first child would start primary school crept insidiously closer. Now, on the morning of the first day of term, three mothers who live in the same English village, experience one of the most moving and difficult days of their lives.
Elaine lives in a new housing estate and reluctantly accepts that today her son, Mark, will start school. With her husband away on business, it is left to Elaine to mentally and physically prepare for Mark's day. At first she wants to dismiss the thought from her mind, but as the minutes tick by, Elaine knows she has to get a reluctant Mark ready for school. Mark starts the day by stubbornly refusing to get out of bed and Elaine is left fighting a battle of wits until she finally persuades him to get up and get ready. It is clear that Elaine will miss Mark when he attends school and she reflects on her own education as well as the years that have seemingly flown by.
Carolyn is a single parent living on the local council estate. Her daughter, Indra, was the result of a brief affair with an Indian college at work and consequently she is an Anglo-Indian. Her daughter was also the cause of her loosing her high-powered job in London. She is now working part time in Warwickshire. A mentally bruised Carolyn looks forward to Indra starting school. Indra is also keen to get away from the restrictive friendship she has with her mother and has been looking forward to this day for some time. Despite money worries and cramped living conditions, Carolyn and Indra genuinely love each other, but neither is prepared for the tumultuous morning they experience.
Fiona is rich. She lives with her husband Robert, baby son Oscar and their daughter, Trinity, in the most prestigious lane in the village. Fiona is a well-balanced woman in her mid-thirties who would rather not think about the morning ahead when she goes for her daily early morning jog around local roads. However, this solitary time mentally prepares her for Trinity starting school. It is a shame that Trinity is not as well prepared for she goes from one calamity to another. Finally, she realises that despite all her little tricks there is the daunting inevitability that she will, today, start school.
All three families struggle with emotion and lack of time as they prepare to leave their houses for the short trip to the primary school. Here, in the playground, they meet each other for the first time and realise that they too have started on a long and winding road, which will encompass many years of their life.