It hadn’t been long since Jackie gave birth to their third child. Her relationship with her husband had not been great at that time. The couple thought they were going to have a nice relaxing dinner with their children that evening. They never imagined that something like this would happen to them and that their waitress would be responsible…
Behind Her Back
When Jackie got back from the restroom during their dinner at a restaurant, her blood was boiling. There was something at their table which their waitress had left that made her stomach turn.
The Tears Came
While she didn’t want to make a scene, Jackie also couldn’t just sit back and be fine with this. She knew she needed to say something. She demanded that her husband show her the thing that the waitress had just left for him. As Jackie read it, tears streamed down her cheeks.
Jackie Johnson-Smith found out the hard way that being a mother is difficult. However, none of her experiences as a mother could compare to her experience at her local pizza parlor in Des Moines, Iowa.
Stirring Up Drama
For some reason, Jackie’s waitress felt brave enough to pen a letter for her husband and hand it to him while his wife was in the bathroom. Jackie couldn’t believe what the letter said when she read it.
Not Someone To Mess With
Since she served in the U.S. Army for quite some time, Jackie had a tough personality which clearly told people they should not mess with her. However, aside from being in the army, she has dedicated her life to taking care of her family and being the best mother that she could be.
A War Hero
In spite of Jackie’s tough persona, a note handed to her husband and which had been written by a waitress left her in tears. What could make Jackie, a war, break down? Her husband was also caught by surprise with her reaction.
Not So Glamorous
Being a mom is not a glamorous job; taking care of your children can make you look exhausted and messy a lot of the time, but Jackie tried her best to look nice. However, her husband was undeniably good-looking.
He Got A Lot Of Attention
Of course, Jackie found him attractive and was aware that other women also looked at him. She tried her best to ignore the way their waitress looked at him that night. However, Jackie found it rubbing her the wrong way.
A Blind Eye
Jackie could not ignore the fact that her relationship with her husband had changed over time. She had given birth to three children and she thought she didn’t have the physical or mental capabilities she once had.
There were times when she felt insecure and unsure in her marriage and wondered whether it was the right time to address it. Usually, she simply ignored these thoughts. However, that particular night, she thought that there was good reason for her insecurities.
Bringing The Family Out
Jackie and her husband, Tom, were well aware that a date night for them was overdue. However, they just recently welcomed a new baby, so they made the decision to take out the entire family instead and go to the local pizza place.
Life With A Newborn
As soon as the family arrived, the newborn began fussing. Jackie fed the baby at their table and she knew that other customers were staring at her. However, it was different from how the waitress stared at her husband.
When you become a mom, suddenly everybody starts judging you for everything that you do. When a mother begins to lift up her top in public, everybody starts to stare. Jackie knew this feeling really well after having three children, all of whom she had breastfed.
A Proud Momma
Most of the time, nothing upset Jackie about the stares that would make her want to stop breastfeeding. However, the way that the waitress was staring was unlike anything Jackie had experienced. She knew that she needed to do something.
All Eyes On Them
Jackie was used to other people staring at her as she breastfed her baby, so she decided not to let it get to her nor upset her. Even though she could hear them mumbling about her, she just ignored them and continued feeding her baby.
When Jackie noticed the waitress watching her intently, she felt extremely uneasy. Jackie wondered if the waitress had never seen anyone breastfeeding before. She thought that the waitress was going to do something, though she didn’t know what exactly.
Jackie got up and went to the restroom. This was when her husband asked for their bill. Just as Jackie was walking away, the waitress ran to their table and slipped a note to Jackie’s husband.
A New Feeling
As he read the note, his face showed every reaction. He didn’t realize that his wife saw this entire interaction. From there, Jackie felt something that she had never felt in the past.
How Did He React?
Jackie thought her husband would crumple up the note right away and toss it. However, he instead took out his phone! Jackie wondered if the waitress just gave him her phone number and couldn’t believe that it was happening right before her eyes.
Had He Fallen In Love?
Jackie couldn’t help but feel that her husband was no longer in love with her and had grown tired of life with her and their children. Her heart sank as she watched this happen. What would Jackie do about it?
Her Jealousy Was Showing
Jackie had an overwhelming feeling of anger as she watched the waitress swoop in on her husband as soon as she walked away. Jackie’s mind was running really fast, and she desperately wanted to know what was written on the note.
The worst part was Tom taking out his phone as soon as he finished reading the note! Did he really do this to save the waitress’s number on his phone? Having walked back, Jackie demanded to read the note and started crying right after.
Everything Was Suspicious
The waitress offered some kind of exclusive discount on their bill. What was happening here? Why in the world was she flirting with someone married and right in front of his wife?
The Center Of Problems
The note mentioned the fact that his wife chose to breastfeed in quite a public place, such as a restaurant. Being the center of an issue like this was nothing new to Jackie, but nobody had ever been that upfront to her about it before.
Suddenly, Jackie couldn’t hold it any longer and the tears came running down her cheeks. Jackie couldn’t believe what she was reading. She wondered how the waitress could write something like this.
The Letter That Made Her Cry
Jackie continued to cry as she kept reading and sat down into her seat. While she never expected such a note to come her way, it actually inspired Jackie.
Her Note Went Viral
Jackie has strong feelings about what the waitress had done, so she decided to post something about what had happened on social media. She knew very well that breastfeeding in public spaces was a hot topic of conversation. However, she was still shocked by the responses that people on Facebook had about her post.
The Note Itself
Jackie started her post by writing, “I have breastfed three children… I have breastfed them in countless places both pleasant and unpleasant, discreetly and out in the open. I have gotten many looks and stares, but tonight erases any negativity I have ever received.”
An Experienced Waitress
The name of the waitress is Bodi. She has been a waitress for some time now. She noticed many times how mothers who chose to breastfeed their children in public were talked about and looked at.
What Did The Note Say?
Bodi, the waitress, didn’t have a personal experience with this, but it still made her made to see people judge women for feeding their baby at the table. This is why she wrote on Jackie’s family’s bill, “I bought one of your pizzas… Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!!”
She Expected The Worst
Jackie’s response to this was amazing. She assumed that her husband took out his phone to take note of the waitress’s phone number; Jackie admits she expected the worst.
Fortunately, he simply wanted to capture the incredible note for himself. Jackie also did the same thing. The responses to her Facebook post were incredible. Bodi’s note started an awesome wave of notes like the one she had written.
Raising Breastfeeding Awareness
After the efforts from Bodi and Jackie, people started to raise the conversation regarding breastfeeding more and more. Breastfeeding moms around the globe, as well as Jackie, were sick of being stared at for just feeding their children in a natural way.
All She Wants
Bodi is proof that there are people who support mothers like Jackie. The topic of breastfeeding may still be a little uncomfortable to bring up, but there is progress, and that is all that Jackie wants.
It’s not common for a mom to get positive feedback about breastfeeding in public, though it’s totally normal and natural. Bodi later said, “I noticed [Jackie] nursing and was so thrilled she did it!”
“…I tried not to stare because I didn’t want to seem creepy or make her feel uncomfortable, but I felt like doing jumping jacks!” This is why Jackie noticed the waitress watching her so intently!
Sticking Up For Other Women
“After dealing with people’s reactions for so long, it was like the universe was giving me a pat on the back. I was too stunned to go back inside and thank the waitress,” explained Jackie.
Jackie went back to the pizza parlor to personally thank Bodi again. “Although I don’t need a pat on the back for feeding my child, it sure felt amazing. It is amazing how we women can make each other feel when we empower each other.”
Ever since Jackie and Tom’s interaction with Bodi, the couple’s relationship became better than ever. Jackie was also making big strides on social media, breaking the silence about mothers who opt to breastfeed in public.
A Long Way
We are sure Bodi never thought her small act of kindness would mean so much for Jackie and her family. Her kindness even affected people around the world owing to social media!
Sharing Her Emotions
“…I ate at Fong’s for the first time tonight. Having a fussy baby I nursed him for a while in the booth and eventually left the table early as to not disrupt the restaurant. The waitress gave this receipt to my husband. I was speechless and emotional,” explained Jackie in her post. The question is: what did the note say exactly?