Dear Joan Actually,
I’ve been seeing this girl for about 2 months and things have been going well. She’s super fun and the chemistry is there, but she has disgusting breath. At first, it was a little gross, but now it’s overpowering. It’s so nasty that I don’t feel like kissing her anymore. She’s been asking what’s up. What do I do?
Baby, I can’t imagine your struggle. And, also, I commend you for surviving two months with someone whose mouth smells like road kill and farts. Bringing up bad breath is awkward. So awkward, in fact, that most people would rather let the relationship fizzle than bring it up. Since you’ve made a two-month investment and everything else is working out, you’re going to have to suck it up and have a talk.
DID YOU JUST CRINGE? EVERYONE ELSE DID, TOO.
Here’s how you’re going to approach this:
Look at it this way—if you don’t say anything, the relationship will end, so you might as well bring it up. See diagram below for reasoning:
Like your taxes, you’ll want to put this off, but you’re better off working towards a solution than inhaling toxic fumes.
Need some help or advice? An objective know-it-all third party might be exactly exactly what the doctor ordered. E-mail me at JoanActually [at] zoosk [dot] com.
Cartoon Credits: Mary DiPasquale