At first it would seem that Sheila Reyes, a mother and a businesswoman, embodies her dual role to a T. She exudes the inner qualities of a go-getter and an executive not afraid to take on some testosterone, yet she appears as caring and compassionate as any stay-at-home mom and even finds time to make home-cooked meals.
But according to twelve-year-old son Jimmy, mealtime itself is a testament to Sheila’s difficulty distinguishing her roles between home, work and beyond.
“Well, she sits at the head of the table and never fails to distribute handouts of possible discussion topics,” Jimmy admits. “We get ‘dinner minutes’ too, on email accounts she set up for us on our fourth birthdays.”
Five-year-old Susie chimes in with, “Mine is email@example.com!”
Sheila’s husband, who requests to remain anonymous* to avoid divorce, hesitantly shares that even in the bedroom, Sheila likes to “take the lead” and use “complicated lawyer-y talk.”
Unsurprisingly the dichotomy between the ways Reyes presents herself resonates within the workplace as well.
“Mrs. Reyes orders vegetable platters for every meeting, and God knows what will happen if you don’t at least try the broccoli,” one of Sheila’s employees recalls. He wishes to remain anonymous for fear of losing his job.
We touched base with Sheila to see what she had to say.
“It’s infuriating,” Sheila says. “I can see my inferiors are only interested in making me a better boss, and that just touches my heart. But when I get ahold of them tomorrow morning I am going to lay down the law. I’ve worked hard to become the best leader I can be, and my workers, they’re good boys and girls, they really are. But they still need to grow, expand their mind, and how are they supposed to do that? By eating their veggies!”
Confused at how Reyes knew of the above employee’s statement regarding the vegetables, our team at the Athenian did some research and discovered that Reyes had learned of the interview with aforementioned [and we regret to admit now former] employee from a secretary. The secretary defended oneself that, “Mrs. Reyes offered me dessert if I ate the celery and told her about the interview! How could I refuse?”
Reyes is currently seeking therapy to help bring balance to her life, but so far has not found the right fit due to an “inability to let down her guard and become vulnerable.” Should any local therapist wish to work with Reyes, she requests contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Athenian editors were not sure how to go about this anonymity, but would like suggestions for the future should we hear of a divorce.