Not long ago Vera found an ant in our apartment and stepped on it. Unsurprisingly, it broke.
She asked me to fix it. I guess she thought I could fix everything. Sadly, I had to explain that I could not fix the ant, and that if she wanted to play with an ant she should just follow it and watch what it does.
It's important for all of us to know our limitations. No one can bring back a carelessly destroyed life and only a child would think so.
There's some kind of a lesson here about our occupation of Iraq, but it seems to have escaped my mind for the moment.