An adorable story of a wife pranking her husband for years following her passing is going viral. When Phedre Fitton, 69, lost a five-year battle with cancer in 2013, she asked her husband Nigel to please keep watering the plants in the bathroom of their home in South Africa. Of course, Nigel obliged. Fast-forward to just recently when the widower moved into a retirement home ... and he learned that the plants he had been watering were actually faux and made of plastic. No wonder they stayed looking so darn perfect!
The couple's daughter Antonia Nicol, a firefighter from London, took to Twitter on Tuesday, January 16 to share the details of her late mom's smirk-worthy prank. "Before my mum passed away, she gave my dad strict instructions to water the plants in the bathroom," Nicol explained. "He's been religiously watering them & keeping them alive. They look so amazing he decided to take them to his new home, only to discover they are plastic! Can hear my mum chuckling."
She also shared a photo reenacting his watering.
Nicol explained to The Huffington Post that the family discovered Phedre's joke when they all got together to move Nigel. “It was only when we flew over to help him move we all realized the plants were plastic," she explained. "He said, ‘I wondered why they still looked so good.’ We really laughed about it and it was lovely to think that my mum was still there with us."
On Twitter, the proud daughter described her mom as "very funny" and “an absolute legend” with a “cheeky sense of humour.” She shared, “It would have tickled her so much to know that he’s actually done it," and explained that her father had been "overcome with grief" when he lost his wife, who he had met when they were both just 16 years old. Nicol observed that watering the plants "gave him something to do," even though, at one point, he "thought the toilet had a leak due to the puddles on the floor.” Ha!
All of Twitter loved the Fittons' story, offering their condolences but remarking how funny Phedre was.
Cheers to this adorable family showing us how that even after losing a loved one, your love and humor can most definitely live on.