McCaa Uncut: Learning by example



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Posted on November 15, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 16 at 11:48 AM


I heard about all the controversy at Richardson High School this week surrounding a speaker and the message he delivered to students.

I went to a different assembly this week in Terrell. The entire high school — hundreds of adults and also the Patriot Riders — recognized our veterans.

However, the keynote speaker had a character message specifically for the young men and women who were there.

Dave Roever was severely burned by a phosphorous grenade during service in Vietnam.

He spoke of the 14 months in the hospital, the difficult surgeries he endured and his very real fear his young wife wouldn’t be able to cope with the new Dave who was burned beyond recognition.

He said when they first saw each other — him completely bandaged — she made it very clear if he thought she was leaving because of what had happened, he was sadly mistaken. There was no way she was walking away from him or their marriage.

Today, after 46 years of marriage, Dave still hears that.

There weren’t too many dry eyes in the house during Dave's talk. It’s a message of dedication and commitment just about any parent would want their child to hear, and another the reason why kids learn most not from advice, but examples.                          

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