You know that wrenching feeling when something has ended that you didn’t want to see go?
“Were it only that some enchantment would step in for us all, to change what we have into what we wish for. To bridge the awkward gap between all of our many befores and afters. Because, for every after found, a before must be lost. And loss is, by nature, an unbalancing thing. More unbalancing, however, is to discover your before gone without an after having taken its place. Leaving you merely to wait and to wonder if there is to be an after at all. Or if, perhaps, waiting and wondering are your after in themselves.” ~ Spoken by Lotti, in Matthew Barber’s Enchanted April, 2003, a play adapted from Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1922 novel, The Enchanted April.