“It wasn’t on purpose.”
“I didn’t mean it.”
“I couldn’t help it.”
“It was a mistake.”
Young children cannot comprehend
(and many adults care not to)
that no matter how sincere or honest
or heartfelt those expressions might be
they do not, can not and will not
in and of themselves
put Humpty together again.
None of them are apologies.
They’re not even acknowledgments of any wrong-doing.
If nothing else, one still needs to
– at the very least –
attempt to pick up the pieces,
unquestionably a more effective effort when it is a joint effort.
J. K. R. Nash IV