Those Days/July 1998

 A note to readers: This piece was written in July 1998. I came across it as I was blogging about the notion of regret. What could be more compelling than the regrets of those who both administered and ingested thalidomide to control something as benign as morning sickness? Who knew? Thalidomide is still being used today primarily in the treatment of certain cancers. My summer job in 1971 was at The Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation in New York City. They assigned me to children’s recreational therapy on the fifth floor – assisting them to read and walk, and play. On my first day on the…