In the movie, The Right Stuff, astronaut John Glenn is faced with a difficult decision. After Glenn has spent hours strapped up inside the space shuttle, the Vice President himself is heading over to Glenn’s house for a photo opportunity with the astronaut’s family. Glenn’s wife, who has a speech impediment, is terrified of the meeting and the inevitable embarrassment of speaking poorly in front of dozens of reporters and national TV cameras.
Glenn decides to make the potentially career-ending move of telling the Vice President to turn around and go somewhere else.
I can remember hearing this story in our small group for married couples. We all commended Glenn for his commitment to his wife.
But as crazy as it sounds, I don’t think that Glenn’s decision was really that big of a deal.