Somewhere, some place Bob Marley will be having a wee toke and smiling to himself.
At the same time, he will be looking down at his country having the time of its life.
In a perfect confluence of state and sport, Jamaica today is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independance, the day after its greatest hero since Marley rocked the sports world on its biggest stage.
In London, Usain Bolt won the Olympic men’s 100 metres only a few hours before the day of celebration was about to begin in Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios — all communities Canadian tourists know well — and all other parts of this Caribbean paradise.
Bolt set an Olympic record in the process, with the second fastest time in the history of the sport. And the Trelawny runner brought his Montego Bay sidekick, Yohan Blake, along for the ride, taking the silver.
Haviing been in Montego Bay for a short trip a little more than a month ago, I can assure you every single Jamaican man, woman and child had Sunday, Aug. 5, and Monday, Aug. 6, circled on their calendars. Heck, they didn’t need to write the dates down.
Because in those 48 hours, Jamaica was about to celebrate like never before.
Enjoy my friends. I am sure Bob is.