Something that has been on my mind lately....
Do you recall from your school days...high school and college...how teachers and administrators used to threaten us poor students into submission by using the ole phrase, "You don't want this to go on your Permanent Record!!!"
Of course, at the time, I thought that some transgression being inserted into my "Permanent Record" would be the most horrible thing that could possibly befall me. I mean---it would follow me throughout life, right? Oh my gosh---couldn't let THAT happen!
One time in college I got on the "wrong side" of an administrator. The reason for this was my immaturity and youthful exuberance. I mean, it was my own fault. He threatened to insert the details of my escapade in my Permanent Record if I did not cease and desist.
Unfortunately for me, I did not cease and desist and he caught me once again. My transgression, he informed me, had been placed into my Permanent Record and would therefore follow me throughout my life and presumably beyond and into eternity. This bothered me for years.
Now, of course, I look back on all that fear and just shake my head. Why? Because I have learned that the Permanent Record is a crock. It means pretty much just about NOTHING. If someone---a prospective employer, for example---wants proof that I graduated from XYZ University, they will be supplied with a copy of my transcript proving I did, in fact, graduate. If they take the time to read about the time I instigated a water fight in the dorm which resulted in a considerable amount of water being deposited on the floors of the hallways, I realize now that they are much more likely to laugh than to see anything wrong.