Before Nigel Fitton’s wife, Phedre Fitton, died of ovarian cancer four years ago, she had one request for him: to continue watering her plants in the washroom. Honouring her request, Nigel watered his wife’s beloved plants for years. Their daughter, Atonia Nicol told CTV News that her father was very proud that he was able to keep the plants alive all of those years.
The plant certainly remained in the same state as when Phedre was alive but that has less to do with the attention and care that Nigel provided them, and more to do with the make-up of the plants. Phedre, who was known for her sense of humour, had decided to play one last prank on her husband from beyond the grave.
About one year ago, Nicol was helping her father move his belongings into a retirement home when they discovered that the plants that Nigel had been faithfully watering were fake. It turns out that Phedre had thought this one through. Since there was hardly any lighting in the bathroom, Phedre replaced the real plants with plastic ones knowing that it would be difficult to tell right away.
In a message she posted, Nicol wrote, “We all found it hilarious. Especially my dad who had been so impressed he hadn’t killed them off.” If you are wondering where all the water went that the plant hadn’t absorbed, Nicol’s explained, “My poor dad probably thought the toilet had a permanent leak as there was always water on the floor.”
Remembering this moment, Nicole decided to share it on Twitter. It has since received more than 33,000 retweets and 109,315 likes. Nicol writes that she could hear “my mum chuckling” when they made the discovery.
She wrote in one comment, “It’s really made us all happy as a family to remember her like this.” Speaking about her parents, she said they met when they were 16 years old and were together ever since.
Nicol said her father has been embracing all the attention that their story has received. She said, “My dad has just sent a message saying that it’s brought a tear to his eye and he hoped it’s made people happy.”
He’s enjoying remembering the prank so much that he even decided to reenact himself watering the fake plants for a photo that he sent to his daughter. Nicol says, “It’s got our family and friends all chatting about my mum again which is really lovely and it feels like she’s right here with us, laughing along.”
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