1-flowersshelfWe don’t need a Harvard study telling us flowers make people happy to know flowers make people happy. It’s simple math, really: bouquet of flowers + people = happy!

My kids played a bit of hooky last week. It’s OK. They were with me. Together, we got to experience something wonderful. We headed to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Ballard Blossom was there with over 150 flower arrangements donated by the Society of American Florists, as part of the Mother’s Day VaseOff! Challenge. The kids and I joined the hospital volunteers delivering flowers to different locations throughout the hospital.

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2-RickVelmaWe raced around the hospital with two hospital volunteers, Rick and Velma. We were able to join them as the bouquets were placed all over Seattle Children’s to help brighten spaces, and faces! I was told Rick has been a volunteer at Children’s for over 20 years. It was clear he knew exactly where he was taking us AND the flowers!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few thousand words… 

3-ReceptionistWow. Simply breathtaking! In the video, Rachel Martin of Ballard Blossom said that flowers help bring the outside inside. Employees, volunteers, families, and of course the young patients see a lot of the inside of that hospital. They all carry a great deal of stress inside those walls. Though Seattle Children’s Hospital has done an amazing job of making the inside as lovely and fun and comfortable as the inside of a hospital can be, nothing can replace the presence of fresh, real, fragrant flowers. The softness, the sweetness, and the joyful colors may not be able to heal bodies, but they do help relieve stress. Flowers bring pops of joy during times where joy can be the most difficult to find.

What a lovely gift to pepper the inside of a hospital for children with fragrant, beautiful flowers. It’s not just the little heroes inside who benefit, but also all who enter those halls. There are the parents, the families, the friends, the volunteers, the staff, and the doctors who work to support, encourage, comfort, and help heal. All benefit from the sweetness of flowers.

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Jenny Ingram, the voice and personality of jennyonthespot.com, lives on a peninsula in the greater Seattle area. She is a mother of three, wife, friend, and former history teacher.