Ten years ago I had the chance to work on a play titled, appropriately enough, Enchanted April, at Little Lake Theater. I wasn't in the show itself, but I ran props for the actors as one of the "apprentices" in order to fulfill my community service obligations. I don't remember much of show (I think it involved a group of women trying to "find themselves" and get away for the month...which of course leads to trials and triumph) but it ended with the lead character asking the question above: what could possibly follow such an enchanted April? What indeed?
I find myself asking that a lot, actually. After a month with the Lip Dub, TED talks, EdCamp, and Monday's Mock Crash, how is May going to be able to seem anything but a disappointment? With "just" the usual prom/graduation/senior awards circuit to attend, it's easy to feel like I'm not actually doing anything productive since I'm not doing anything new. In fact, as I think forward to next year, I wonder what new slew of activities I'll need to add, on top of what I've started this year, in order to match the "enchanted April" that just passed. Is adding all of these new activities eventually going to lead to burnout as I try to push it a little bit more each year? At what point do you just decide to start phoning it in and doing the same things we did last year? This past month has been exciting, but perhaps too exciting to top.
And yet, I think the play Enchanted April actually answered the question for me. The answer is actually very simple.
"I should think...an enchanted May."