The towns here remind me of a big metropolitan area where the boundaries are blurred by growth. Such it is here between Rathdrum, Post Falls Hayden and Coeur d' Alene with even more smaller ones tossed in for good measure.
When there is need they all respond. Take a few mosnths ago when a police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty. The support for his family was phenomenal from moral support to cash contributions. One little girl set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the officer's kids.
As fate and weird stories would have it, shortly thereafter the little girl's own father was killed in an auto accident. Again the out pouring of support including the police who set up their own lemonade stand to raise money for her family. We don't hate our police around here. They are us. Neighbors. Friends. With heart.
Then there was Iron Man last week in which a blind vet competed and finished. He was accompanied by a very special brother-in-law who not only trained with him but competed with him every step of the way. Both are more than Iron Men to me! And certainly have stout hearts!
Most recently was a story on the news last night. A councilwoman from Post Falls was letting people know there were yard signs available for houses where vets live who could be spooked by fire works. No charge. She got the idea when she planned to attend the big show in Coeur d'Alene with a combat vet. He couldn't even get to the beginning of it. Oh my, there are so many of them of whom we are unaware. It's the caring that sparked the action! And heart.
There are places listed as best to retire, best place to vacation, best this and best that but if you want an example of the most important aspect of any community - heart - then check out this little corner of northern Idaho.
You'll recognize it. In the people.