This woman pulled a hilarious prank on her husband years after her death
We all know we're going to die someday, but when you're lying on the hospital bed and you know it's going to happen at any moment, that must be terrifying. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably serious. You're composing final messages for your loved ones, reliving your fondest memories and making sure all of personal affairs in order. As much as we complain about all the stupid little things in life, the idea of leaving it is heartbreaking.
However, 69-year-old Phedre Fitton of South Africa isn't like most people. After a courageous five year battle with cancer, she finally succumbed to the fatal disease in 2013. Before she died, Phedre said goodbye to her beloved husband, Nigel, whom she met when she was just 16 years old. But it wasn't all teary goodbyes and I-love-you's - she took the opportunity to pull a hilarious prank. Of course, this didn't come as any surprise to her daughter, Antonia. She says her mom was "very funny," "an absolute legend" and had a "cheeky sense of humor."
Antonia shared her mom's prank on Twitter, writing, "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 [looked] so amazing he decided to take them to his new [retirement] home, only to discover they are plastic! Can [still] hear my mum chuckling."
The funniest part is that Nigel didn't just water the plastic plants once or twice. He watered them faithfully for several years. "It was only when we flew over to help him move [that] we all realized the plants were plastic," said Antonia, an interview about her mom, the queen of all pranksters. "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."
Antonia's tweet about her mom's prank went viral, getting over 40,000 retweets and over 130,000 likes. She replied to many people's comments, saying her dad kept watering the plants because he was "overcome with grief" and "it gave him something to do." When he saw the puddles of water on the floor, he simply thought the "toilet had sprung a leak." Many Twitter users connected with the story, loving Phedre's personality, and feeling fond memories of their own parents who passed away:
We don't know when we're going to die - unless you meet a really good psychic, or manage to steal Doc Brown's DeLorean. Maybe death will come as a sudden surprise, and we won't have time to even realize what's going on. Or maybe we'll know death coming, and will be lying in a hospital bed, full of dread. All we can do is hope that when that terrifying moment finally happens, we feel no pain, and think happy thoughts. Well, there's no better way to go than like Phedre Fitton did - literally having the last laugh.