Phedre Fitton had been with her husband, Nigel Fitton since they were both 16 years old. But four years ago, the 69-year-old woman passed away due to ovarian cancer. But before she passed she had one final wish and that was for her husband to continue watering the plants in the bathroom.
The couple from Johannesburg, South Africa, had been together for the majority of their lives and their daughter, Antonia Nicol, said her parents were best friends.
Antonia said that her father was proud of himself for keeping the plants in such a great shape but apparently it was all a prank.
Antonia told Metro.co.uk: ‘they were together since they were 16 years old and he was devastated when she died. So he just did what she had asked him to do.’
Nigel continued to keep his promise of watering the plants and in an interview with CTV News, his daughter revealed that he was even proud of his accomplishments.
But Nigel would constantly notice pools of water in the bathroom whenever he watered the plants. He believed it to be due to a leak in the toilet.
But five years later when he, with the help of Antonia, decided to move into a retirement home, they found out that the plants were indeed plastic.
‘There wasn’t much light in the bathroom, so my mum had replaced the plants with plastic ones.’ Antonia told CTV News, ‘None of us knew, we all found it hilarious. Especially my dad who had been so impressed he hadn’t killed them off.’
Antonia went on social media to post: ‘My poor dad probably thought the toilet had a permanent leak as there was always water on the floor.’
Her post on Twitter has since been shared more than 33,000 times and has been liked more than 100,000 times. She said: ‘she was very funny. Had a cheeky sense of humour for sure,’ she wrote in one comment. ‘It’s really made us all happy as a family to remember her like this.’
Nigel was such a good sport about it that he even recreated the picture of him watering the fake plants so that his daughter could share the story on her social media.