Son Thomas was unhappy and asked to go home and Lisa and Carling
drove down to collect him.
Carling was at the height of his influence when the old tenets were about to collapse but his demand was that the administration recognise the ridiculous demands made on top players.
Will Carling Captain During as one of his forwards dubbed him - was associated with something England had only known intermittently success.
Geoff Cooke, Englands manager, took an absolute flier when he elevated the 22-year-old Carling to the captaincy at the back end of 1988.
Carling, with little or no experience of leadership, was no Beaumont, not in the public perception.
The historians verdict may well be that Carling was the most significant figure in the tortuous evolution of English rugby.
Carling has always been careful to ensure that he plays top rugby on his terms.
Carling has been at the club for a decade after being persuaded to join them when he left Durham University.
Harlequiins have clearly been uncertain over whether to retain Carling, who turned 32 last month.
Carling, who has had problems with form and fitness and is currently recovering from a broken hand, was recently dropped by Keast.
After a troubled mid-season spell, Carling revealed last night: "I saw Andy Keast and a number of options are open to me - retirement being one of them.
We are proud to have been able to partner with Carling
on this important renewable energy project," said Paul Ahern, president of EnterSolar.