Outside my window in the August heat, the highway blurs by, liquid. As CDs rotate through the player, I’m suddenly alert at the first strains of “Far-Side Banks of Jordan,” a song that always makes me think of my parents. Dad, who, I suddenly realize, died ten years ago next week, Mom, a year ago this one.
In the song, a man anticipates his imminent death. He promises that he’ll wait for his lifelong love on the Far-Side Banks of Jordan until they can enter paradise together.
Dr. Nancy McCabe directs the creative and professional writing program at Pitt-Bradford and has advised Baily’s Beads for 20 years. She is the author of six books, most recently Can This Marriage Be Saved? A Memoir, due out in paperback and Audible Audiobook in summer 2021. She is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and her work has made annual notable lists eight times in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her website is www.nancymccabe.net.