Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Truth-In-Love Disclosure Statement--A Pre-Relationship Agreement


I, the undersigned paramour, hereby agree to abide by the time-honored romantic tradition of completely misrepresenting who I am at the beginning of our relationship, to be increasingly candid in the middle stages and to finally reveal my stunning array of character defects, true beliefs and annoying quirks at the end.

This agreement shall be fully implemented within six months, being the estimated time it will take for our eternal, undying love to change to bitter resentment:

1. Ridiculously early in our relationship, I covenant to begin calling you my soulmate, even though neither I nor my 29 previous soulmates have any clue what that word means.

2. When asked why my prior relationships didn’t work out, I shall state, “We had different goals,” failing to mention that one of mine is to sabotage all relationships.

3. I will tell you that I love all the little things that you do, when in fact, I hate all the little things you do, especially the way you (choose one or more): talk incessantly, squeeze the toothpaste in the middle, sneak up on me with a flashlight.

4. Men: I shall misrepresent that I love to communicate, listen to Sting or Josh Groban, and especially dance. Women: I shall misrepresent that I have a deep interest in the standings, statistical leaders and weekly injury reports for all major sports.

5. I will insist with a straight face that I never want to try to change you, even as my list of suggestions form improving your appearance, personality and lifestyle approaches the 10,000 mark.

6. I shall pretend to find it cute how your cat climbs all over me while I’m sucking on an asthma inhaler at the same time that your dog is attempting to have intimate relations with my leg.

7. We shall tak on the phone at the follwing frequency: 1st month: five times per day. 2nd month: three times per day. 3rd and 4th months: once per day. 5th month: when I need a ride. 6th month: when I forget to check my caller ID.

8. In the 2nd month, I agree to begin combining the words “committed” and “you” in the same sentence. Provided: I will not add “mental institution” to such sentence until the 5th month.

9. In months 1 and 2, we shall engage in frequent, excessive public displays of affection. During months 3 to 5, such display shall decline in direct proportion to number of syllables we utter to each other wile dining out. In month 6, excessive displays shall resume, but only with persons not party to this agreement.

10. I will see only the good in your numerous negative qualities until the 6th month, at which point I will come to the startling realization that your playfulness is really immaturity, your caring is co-dependence and your confidence is narcissism.

11. At all times, I shall confuse love with lust.




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