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Sunny and the remote control

PUBLISHED: 18:18 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:18 07 September 2017

Sunny sets off

Sunny sets off

Archant

When a student daughter flies the nest, flies the Atlantic, and still retains control of the television

Sunny, her best friend Naomi and I stayed with friends close to Heathrow Airport the night before her flight to Canada.

We hadn’t fancied an early morning nail-biting drive, worrying if we’d get there on time or whether we’d be delayed by broken down lorries, dogs on the road, lane closures, accidents, random roadworks or those miles of tailbacks caused by someone who suddenly braked three hours ago, excited at the change of tarmac colour.

So after an emotional send off from her close friends who had arrived with a stealth decorating and pancake-making mission, huge hugs from Rob, a trying to be brave Keola and Thalia, who seemed to think she was going snowboarding, we were with frequent flyer friends who could answer all our queries from how to find the car park to if we need change for the trolleys.

Friend Rod said he’d start his packing at 11am for a 1pm flight; naturally we ignored that and were at Heathrow four hours early.

Still not sure that was long enough to get to the gate, Sunny dropped her bags, hugged us and headed straight off behind the frosted glass to security.

Naomi and I stood there for ages, convinced we’d see her again and that she wasn’t actually off on her own for an academic year to study in Canada.

But that was it. We were back home in Norfolk before she’d taken off.

She’s settling in and we’ve a Sunny-shaped space at home. But she’s also very much here – and not just thanks to her updates on WhatsApp – as while there isn’t a stream of teenage detritus, the TV keeps switching itself over.

Suddenly we’re no longer watching car makeovers, fast cars or beautiful houses but beautiful people swanning about or Made in Chelsea, Dance Moms or Bake Off.

Then we can’t record Horrid Henry for Thalia as it’s taping something else that mainly seems to involve pretty people talking drivel.

Seems like the TV is pre-programmed for months; thanks Sunny!

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