When I was a teacher, I often learned from my students, and looked forward to those moments. As a librarian, I often learn from the people who come to get my help with computer issues.
Such was the case with the woman who wanted me to help her set up a new email account.
We had gotten through all the basic stuff like first name, last name, and desired username; and now it was time to create a password. I gave her my standard spiel about not using “password”, your dog’s name, 12345678, or “monkey” (really), and was about to give her some of my ideas about how to create one, when she told me one of her own.
“They tell me that your password should be something that people normally wouldn’t associate with you, so I want my password to be GodBlessTrump.”
I raised my eyebrow, and then she continued.
“Make no mistake, I despise the man. I think he’s a vile creature, and both an embarrassment and a danger to our country. But I also think that man needs some serious help, and I figure that every time I type that in as a password, I’m asking God to give him all the help he needs to do a good job and not get us all killed.”
I nodded my head to indicate that I understood what she was saying. So often we use the word “bless” to indicate approval or special favor, but as I’ve said before, it also can also mean divine care…which is most decidedly not the same as asking God to give him whatever he wants, but rather, asking God to help him, by giving him the wisdom, caring, sense of justice, sense of decency, and sense of others outside himself that are necessary for being a good human being, let alone a decent president.
Then she said, with a twinkle in her eye, “And maybe that SOB will learn a thing from Dr Seuss, and what little heart he has now will grow three sizes!”
We both had a good laugh, and then we entered her desired password.
The system wouldn’t accept it.
She laughed and said, “It hates him more than I do?”
“Oh no,” I said, laughing myself. “I know what the problem is. You need a special character in there too.”
“Like an exclamation point at the end?”
“That’ll probably work.”
And indeed it did.
Now, every time she types in her password, she is most emphatically asking God to make Trump into a better human being.
Hmm…maybe I’ll go change my password.