Sometimes, it’s the thought that counts.

Coronavirus, politics, more coronavirus. With the state the news cycle is in at the moment, we all need to have a bit of a laugh.

Have you ever put all of your effort and love into something important to you, only to find out it was all a hoax? Everything you believed in, all dismissed in a matter of seconds.

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Caelie Wilkes. Two years ago, she purchased a succulent for the same reason many of us millennials do the same: to become a plant parent. Not yet ready to get a dog, maybe still living with our parents or in student living, but this one small thing that requires water at least once a day gives us that sense of responsibility we’re ready to take on.

Perched upon her kitchen window, Caelie admired her little succulent. So much so that she felt it was time to re-pot it for a new look, or maybe to have a little extra growing room. In a now-viral Facebook post, she details of how she established a watering routine and washed it’s leaves daily, truly proud of how good of a plant mom she had grown into. It was all going so well, until the fateful day when she decided to re-pot the plant.

Story time. I’ve had this beautiful succulent for about 2 years now. I was so proud of this plant. It was full,…

Posted by Caelie Wilkes on Friday, February 28, 2020

“I found the cutest vase that suited it perfectly. I go to pull it from the original plastic container it was purchased with to learn this plant was FAKE.” she wrote. In the photo she includes in her post, it’s revealed that her little pride-and-joy was superglued to styrofoam and topped with some sand. “I feel like the past two years have been a lie.”

Caelie’s post has attracted over 11k likes, 6.5k comments, and 7k shares on Facebook. While the reactions show a mix of ‘you’re an idiot’ and ‘you’re my hero!’, a few of them actually find themselves relating to her, with one commenter saying “I did the same thing with a Christmas tree!”

In response to her newfound fame and the tragedy that caused it, her local Home Depot in Northern California gave her some real-life plants to take care of so she can finally practice her green thumb properly. As for her the imposter she’s loved the past two years? That can stay.

If there’s anything millennials—or anyone, for that matter—can take away from this, is that no matter how much you love being a plant parent, you can buy as many succulents as you want! Just check that they’re real before you water them.