First Steps (A Short Story)

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'"First Steps" is the story of Dave Riggler's first psychotherapy session. He's a handicapped teenager, who uses a wheelchair, in therapy (he thinks) because the school he's going to wants him to walk on a walker, but he doesn't want to. "First Steps" is a story about being handicapped, identity, and self-determination, for better or worse.
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About Brian Hartman

Brian Hartman lives in Scotch Plains, NJ. He is the author of Dave Riggler's Stories, as well as numerous short stories, and the upcoming collection, Long-Distance Dedications.

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Charles Kravetz reviewed on Sep. 27, 2012

Moving story of a young boy coping with a lifetime illness.

Dave Riggler is a teenager who is handicapped. He is sent to a therapist because he does not want to use a walker instead of a wheelchair.

Who and what we are is often defined by how and why we cope with life's challenges. Dave Riggler, as a young teenager, has a firm grasp on his identity. He will have struggles and challenges ahead of him, but he is going to learn to cope with those challenges. I found that he is very determined to be himself, rather that to become what society decides he must become.

Having read several of Brian Hartman's short stories already, I was somewhat surprised that is the the story of Dave as a young teenager. However, I still enjoyed the story, and was glad to gather some background on the older Dave I have read about. I am thrilled that these stories are written in a way that it is not necessary to read them in any sequence.

I can easily recommend this to anyone looking for easy to read, short books. The story is short enough to read in an evening or even while riding the bus. It is suitable for all audiences. This story will help you think about the handicapped youth, and does a creditable job describing how they must cope with challenges.
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