Sign a friendship contract?

I hate to admit this, but I do watch “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Bravo.

(Hey, even CNN’s Anderson Cooper is a huge fan.)

On a recent episode Cynthia Bailey asked the very outspoken (and undoubtedly the breakout star of the show) NeNe Leakes to sign a friendship contract, which includes rules like they both agree to not go to bed angry at each other.

“It’s not like we’re married!” Leakes exclaimed — as she signed the contract.

(By the way, it expires in a year.)

Made me think: is asking someone to sign a friendship contract really that weird?

My logical side screams, “Yes! It’s weird! What are we, in third grade?!”

But there’s a side of me — the hurt, angry, burned side — that wonders whether these contracts might be a good thing.

For one, you’re all on the same page. You can lay out your objectives, your concerns, your outcomes of the friendship. Signing the contract means you both agree to the terms of your friendship. So you can make your unreliable friend to promise, contractually speaking, to be on time or call ahead if she’s going to be late. Or you can make sure that you’re other friend, who loves talking about “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” never does in your presence.

But is that going too far? :)




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