From beyond the grave: Woman pulls amusing prank on husband after her death
Before her death, the 69-year-old had told her husband that he should continue watering the plants in the bathroom of their Johannesburg house. But there’s something she hid from him.sex and relationships Updated: Feb 09, 2018 13:21 IST
Phedre Fitton, a South African woman, managed to play a trick on her husband from beyond the grave — five years after she had died of cancer in 2013.
Before her death, the 69-year-old had told her husband, Nigel Fitton, that he should continue watering the plants in the bathroom of their Johannesburg house.
Nigel did so for many years, until he moved into a retirement home. It was only around this time that he was informed that the plants he had been watering for so many years were in fact made of plastic. Imagine that!
His daughter, Antonia Nicol, a firefighter based in London, tweeted about the incident in January.
Before my mum passed away, she gave my dad strict instructions to water the plants in the bathroom. 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 pic.twitter.com/N87giD5zKT— Antonia Nicol (@Flaminhaystack) January 16, 2018
“It was only when we flew over to help him (Nigel) move we all realised the plants were plastic,” Nicol told HuffPost, adding her father often 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,” Nicol added.
Initially, Nicol had used a stock photograph for her first tweet, later she took a photo of her father watering the actual plants and posted it on Twitter. In her tweets, where she described her mother as being “very funny,” and “an absolute legend” with a “cheeky sense of humour.”
“It would have tickled her so much to know that he’s actually done it,” she said. Her parents had first met when both of them were only 16.
Needless to say, her tweets have been shared in a big way on social media. Speaking on which, Nicol, who was clearly not expecting the response, said, “When I tweeted it, I thought about 10 people would look at it.”
Sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my lovely mum last year, she was 85. But she would've loved that joke; my mum like yours had a wicked sense of humour.— Lawrie80sBoy #NHSLove #TimeToTalk 🎺🐕🇪🇺🕊 (@The80sBoy) January 17, 2018
Aw, thank you for the late night chuckle, and caring heartfelt tingle. I gather your Mother and Father were made for each other in the stars. What a brilliant sense of humor, too.— Christopher Costa (@CarePlanMedia) January 17, 2018
Now, where can I order a plant like that from across the pond that looks so real! ;)
“It’s also inspired people to open about the loss of their own loved ones,” she said. “In times of awful news, it’s been really lovely to talk about something really sweet.”
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