Eric's Heroes: The colorful way two women make the world just a little bit brighter
QUILCENE, Wash. -- On a 25-acre farm in Quilcene, two women have found a beautiful way to brighten lives.
Teri Hein owns the farm.
"I'm the kind of person who, everything in my house is kind of wacky," she says. "My dog is a mixed breed, and my hair is often a mess and my furniture doesn't match and my bouquets are ... I do spend a lot of time on them, but they are just everything."
Ahh, yes, her bouquets. Hein grows oodles of gorgeous blossoms.
Meanwhile, Sharron Seaverson spends much of her day weeding.
The two of them tend to their work as if they were the keepers of Eden itself. It takes their mind of other things.
"It feels like the world is really scary right now and there is so much anger and there is so much hate and it doesn't fit with the people I know," Hein said.
So instead of peddling their flowers, they put together beautiful bouquets -- with great care and attention to detail.
When the bouquets are suitably dazzling, they are placed in the back of a pickup. And Sharron sets off to make her surprise deliveries... just because.
First stop is Gail, who takes care of her baby granddaughter.
"More flowers, those are beautiful!" Gail said, also accepting flowers for her daughter. "She could use them, the baby was sick last night."
Every delivery is a conversation and a human connection... and sometimes an acknowledgement that life is hard.
"It has blessed so many people who are shut-ins, closed in, people who live off the grid, people who have PTSD, all kinds of things," Seaverson said. "And anyway, (Hein) said take as many as you want, she didn't care where they went, people come out here and pick 'em, and people have just been blessed."
Next stop was Karen's house -- she would be having surgery the next morning.
"Those won't last while you are in the hospital, but you can have them until tomorrow and then you can have much more," Seaverson told Karen.
"Thank you!" Karen replied. "I bet I can find someone to share them with, too. Make them feel good, too."
"They just express an acknowledge of what's going on in a person's life," Hein said. "And as you saw with Sharron it's a hug."
Teri and Sharron give their bouquets to strangers, friends, neighbors, old people... some sad and lonely people... and some who just need a little pick-me-up.
They make 10-15 deliveries each week, and they've been doing it for two years.
"This whole idea of people being put together in some way that they have an excuse to talk with each other, you know a bouquet of flowers is just a wonderful calling card, which in a dream world creates conversation, and trust, and respect," Hein said.
"And a little bit of love," Seaverson added.
They never take payment for their bouquets. No money, just hugs. That, plus the knowledge that they've made lives -- and the world -- just a little bit brighter.