One such story is that of Kirani James, the Grenadian running sensation who won the Gold in the men's 400 meters during London's 2012 games, marking the first medal ever to be won for Grenada. Kirani fever ran deep in Grenada while we were there. His home town of Gouyave (now dubbed "Kirani town") is a favorite of ours, and when Kirani won the 2011World Championship in Korea, the island came alive with glory and support. "Pride" does not even begin to describe what the locals feel for their champion. He has put Grenada on the map. He has shown his island nation to the world. He has achieved greatness and, no doubt, inspired a generation of Grenadian's to aim high and reach for the stars.
As I was watching the games last night, they did an informative side story about Kirani and his home nation of Grenada. As I watched, I smiled as I saw familiar places and vistas, but imagine my surprise when I saw a familiar face! Sure enough, there on the television I see the unmistakable and beautiful smile of my most favorite market lady, Theresa. The same woman who I saw and chatted with at least weekly. I call her the "mayor of the market" and have always told her what a great face she has. I mean, isn't her face great? She is going to trip when I show her that the above image of her was seen by millions of people around the world. They don't get the NBC Olympic coverage down there so I'm sure she has no idea.
|Theresa and I in February 2012|
The Olympics never cease to amaze and inspire me. Congrats to Kirani and to beautiful Grenada! You've always been GOLD to us!
Brittany, Scott & Isla