Romance on the Back Burner?

Finding what you love can be as important as finding who you love.

By Paget Pizitz

Well, it’s May. There are a few reasons to celebrate this month. First, it’s my birthday: happy 58th to me. With a little botox and some Jergens tan towels, I don’t look a day over 50. Second, Louis the cat joined Iron Tribe, so he will likely be in Speedo shape by month’s end. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise anyone that he took no issue with the paleo diet. Third, because, as of late, I’ve been spending the majority of my time within the confines of a grilled cheese truck, I have very little time for dating. At the end of the day, my biggest concern is exactly how I got a French fry stuck to the inside of my sock and if judgment would be cast for leaving it there. However, I have found that the potent aroma of French fry grease and melted Muenster has actually helped my case as a single lady about town. Who would have guessed?

Many a phone number have been slipped to me after describing the ingredients of our most popular sandwich which I have dubbed the “Fatty Melt.” It’s like kryptonite to the occasional potential suitor. And to think, I’ve worked so hard to attract the perfect man when all I really needed was to be stuck inside a food truck with fryers popping and cheese a-slinging. You’re welcome, single ladies. In all seriousness, the relationship that I’ve come to admire the most lately is the one with my business partner, Harriet. Honesty and trust are the cornerstone of any relationship, and Harriet and I are no exception; she tells me when I have cheese all over my face and I trust her 100 percent, professionally and personally. So there you have it: I have answered all of your relationship questions in one paragraph. Buy a food truck, stock it with cheese and invite me to your wedding. Louis and I will be there. He is paleo now, so please plan your menu accordingly.

So here comes the point in my column where I say, “On a more serious note.” When you start a new career or open your own business, it’s easier than you think to put everything else on the back burner while you focus on your job. That’s great for your business but not so wonderful for your social life. You may find yourself so busy with the working world that you begin to notice you have not spent quality time with friends and loved ones, your unreturned voicemail and texts are multiplying by the day, and you turn down most offers to social engagements. Then it slowly starts to sink in that you’ve gotten too consumed with your professional life. I still have not figured out how to manage the two, but I’m working at it. When you’re in love with what you do professionally, it’s hard to find a natural balance. To this I say, feel lucky that you’ve found something you’re passionate about and don’t over think your love life. Remember that confidence is sexy, and you’ll radiate naturally as a result. And if you’re looking for a job, MELT is hiring. I just need you to be comfortable dressing up in a grilled cheese suit, running and jumping through the streets of Birmingham. If that doesn’t secure you dates, I’m sorry, I’ve tried my best. It’s pretty much hopeless for you. However, you’re welcome to borrow Louis the cat, only if you promise not to bring him back.

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