•Simon is a young Bahamian with things on his mind who wishes to remain anonymous. His column 'Front Porch' is published every Tuesday in the Nassau Guardian. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Bahamians enjoy front row seats to an unfolding story in which two longstanding rivals are about to turn an outdated cold war into at least a lukewarm relationship.
Just about every step in the thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba will be met with the sky-is-falling panic by true believers across both the Florida Straits and the so called left-right divide.
As a point of reference these straits serve as a maritime border and as potentially common ground for three neighbours: The Bahamas, Cuba and the U.S.A. Of course, “straits” can also refer to an array of difficulties.
A constellation of events will shape the pace of the rapprochement between our geographically closest neighbours. How these events are taken advantage of, missed or disregarded will determine the substance of the evolving relationship.