What keeps a couple together? Usually it’s not the grand romantic gestures we’ve all seen in a million rom-coms. What keeps two different people is often particular, peculiar, and even unromantic. For example, my relationship with my girlfriend is based on a sturdy foundation of inside jokes, Korean BBQ tacos, and a shared dislike of the same people.
This is why, when one terminally ill woman recently wanted to make a loving gesture for her husband, she knew it had to be something he specifically would appreciate: a prank from beyond the grave.
Twitter user Antonia Nicol of London, UK, shared the prank her late mom pulled on her unsuspecting dad. It began with a seemingly innocent request for him to handle a household chore.
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
The Tweet quickly went viral around the world, and when Nicol’s father learned he had been tricked, he was delighted, and even offered up a re-enactment.
— Antonia Nicol (@Flaminhaystack) January 17, 2018
The people of Twitter had a lot of responses to the story. One woman noticed that while Nicol’s mother’s prank was indeed hilarious, it also served a therapeutic purpose in a difficult time:
Plus it gave him a little something to care about and for on a daily basis and in a simple way. That was smart of your mom !
— Tiphaine Monange (@notoriousbigre) January 18, 2018
You know you’re an expert prankster when your prank has multiple levels.
Another Twitter user had an interpretation that wasn’t quite as uplifting, (but still pretty funny):
Guess she wanted to keep him busy so he wouldn’t re-marry.
— Natalie Lanoville (@NatalieLanovill) January 17, 2018
Another was reminded of her own mother.
Before my mom died we made a picture with the whole family there she is sitting in the middle of all of us she always wanted a pic like that after she died we looked at the pic and saw that she had stuck her toungue out at us😂
— irmgard price aka mama bear (@yoda76547) January 18, 2018
One was even inspired to begin plotting herself.
If I ever get married or have kids, I know what I’m doing to them! 😀
— tomwiener (@tomwiener) January 16, 2018
Nicol’s parents have definitely given us all something to aspire to!
h/t: Cafe Mom