When Jackie gave birth to her third child this was a difficult time for her and her husband. They decided to let loose and go for a relaxing dinner with their family. Little did they know that the evening would be anything but relaxing when they met their waitress.
Behind Her Back
Jackie left to the bathroom and when she back she was fuming with anger. She noticed their waitress leave something on their dinner table that made her sick to her stomach. Jackie was in shock.
The Tears Came
Jackie wasn’t typically emotion and she wasn’t interested in drawing attention to herself or her family. However, she wasn’t willing to sit back and watch this happen. She insisted her husband show her the note from the waitress and soon after she was crying.
Being a mother is difficult, and it was no walk in the park for Jackie Johnson-Smith. Nothing she went through compared to this recent experience she had at the pizza shop nearby her home, located in Des Moines, Iowa.
Stirring Up Drama
We’re unsure where this waitress got the courage to write this note to her husband and pass it to Jackie while she left for the restroom. After she read the note she was in complete shock, she simply did not know what to say.
Not Someone To Mess With
Jackie had a background in the US Military, which made her extra tough and not someone to get on her bad side. Her army days were in the past and the most important thing for Jackie was to be a loving mother to her beautiful children.
A War Hero
Although she was strong and not very vulnerable, something about the note hit a weak spot and Jackie completely lost it. Even her husband was surprised at how Jackie responded to the note, he wasn’t used to having an emotional wife.
Not So Glamorous
It’s no secret that being a mom takes a toll on you emotionally, mentally, and physically. Jackie always tried to take care of herself, even it was clear that she was a mess. However, she couldn’t deny the fact that her husband was incredibly handsome.
He Got A Lot Of Attention
Jackie was attracted to her husband and she was very well aware that other women were too. She managed to not be annoyed by it, but something about this waitress set her off and she couldn’t ignore it.
A Blind Eye
Jackie was not going to act as nothing changed in her marriage. She was exhausted from having three children, and she wasn’t in the shape physically or mentally that she was once in before. Consequently, her marriage began to change.
She often felt discomfort in her marriage and wasn’t quite sure when to bring the uncertainty up. She tried her best to suppress these thoughts but that night her insecurities got the best of her and there was no stopping the tears.
Bringing The Family Out
Tom and Jackie needed a date night long before they had one. Ever since they had a newborn, things got pretty hectic and they couldn’t find the time. They planned that evening to go with the whole family on a fun evening out to a pizza restaurant.
Life With A Newborn
From the moment they walked into the restaurant, the new baby threw a fit. Jackie began breastfeeding in the middle of the restaurant and was getting looks left and right. She noticed everyone around her except for her waitress.
As soon as you enter motherhood, everyone feels entitled to comment on what you do or say. If you start breastfeeding in a public setting, you will surely have people looking and with something to say. Jackie was very used to this, given she is a mother of three.
A Proud Momma
Jackie wasn’t angry about the looks and she had no motivation to stop breastfeeding. The only time she got frustrated was when she noticed this waitress staring at her so intently as she had never experienced before.
All Eyes On Them
The looks were common for her and ignore them was second nature. She didn’t get upset and she ignored the mumbles around her. Her baby needed to be fed and she wasn’t going to stop for other people.
After she realized how focused the waitress was on her, she started to feel uncomfortable. What was her problem? She never saw someone breastfeed before? She was sure something bad was about to happen but she wasn’t quite sure what.
As soon as Jackie left the table, her husband requested the bill from the waitress. Jackie noticed the waitress hurry over to their table and pass her husband Tom a secretive note. Jackie was about to lose it when she saw this.
A New Feeling
Tom’s face said it all when he read the note. There was no hiding his reactions because they were plastered on his face. He was unaware that Jackie was watching the entire exchange from the back.
How Did He React?
She was positive her husband would rip up the note and throw it away. Unfortunately, he looked at the tone, took out his phone and did something strange. Jackie was trying to decipher the situation but she had no words.
Had He Fallen In Love?
All she could think was that her husband was out of love and fed up with their family. Her stomach was turning and she watched in silence. The anger was coming over and she had to think carefully about what she would do next.
Her Jealousy Was Showing
Jackie did not like getting angry but it started to take over her as she felt like this waitress was making a move on her husband when she left for a second. Her thoughts were all over the place and she wanted so eagerly to know what was on the note.
The strangest part for Jackie was what her husband did with his phone. She was sure he would throw it away, but instead, she felt like he was saving her number. She returned to the table, insisted on the note, and burst into tears upon reading it.
Everything Was Suspicious
Jackie noticed the waitress give her husband a special discount on their dinner and she didn’t understand why. She simply could not believe this woman was flirting with her husband right in front of her face.
The Center Of Problems
Included in the note was mention of Jackie breastfeeding in public. Jackie wasn’t entirely surprised to see someone commenting on this as she had heard it many times before, but this time it caught her a bit more off guard.
Jackie was overwhelmed with emotions and could not hold back her tears. She was in awe of what was written and the words the waitress wrote really hit her hard. Jackie had so much to say about this.
The Letter That Made Her Cry
Jackie continued reading the note and tears were running down her face at the same time. She did not see this coming but surprisingly the note inspired her to do something about it. Are you dying to know what was written as much as us?!
Her Note Went Viral
Jackie was motivated by this note that she went online and posted the entire story. She knew that breastfeeding in public was a controversial issue, which is why she was so in awe of how people responded online.
The Note Itself
She began her posts by explaining her experiences breastfeeding and the reactions she has received. She had been hurt and offended but she went on to say that evening change it all for her. Wow, what did this waitress do…
An Experienced Waitress
Jackie’s waitress was named Bodi and she had been working as a waitress for a long period. She watched from a distance as moms would come and breastfeed and receive negative reactions every time.
Sharing Her Emotions
In her post-Jackie explained exactly what happened. She said she went to the local pizza shop Fongs for her first time with her family. Suddenly her newborn baby was getting upset so she left the table with him so she would not upset the rest of the costumers. Right afterward her server passed a note to her husband that made Jackie incredibly emotional.
What Did The Note Say?
Bodi was not a mother and did not have personal experience with this but she had witnessed too many times women getting judged for breastfeeding. The note on the bill said that she bought one of their pizzas, and extended her gratitude to Jackie for breastfeeding.
She Expected The Worst
Jackie never expected this. When she watched from a distance she was sure something terrible was going on, especially when she saw Tom pull out his phone. She does not deny that her mind went to the worst of places.
In reality, Tom was so in awe himself that he wanted to capture the moment. Jackie followed Tom and then posted the experience on Facebook. People around the world were in shock at what happened and this note led to more mothers posting online.
Raising Breastfeeding Awareness
The experience between Bodi and Jackie led to an increase in conversation about breastfeeding. Jackie and other moms were fed up with the negative reactions they received for doing a natural thing.
All She Wants
Bodi is an example of someone who supports moms around the world do and sets the example for progress to be made. Jackie tried to never let this bother her but of course, it did. When she saw her waitresses’ note she was overwhelmingly happy.
It is very rare for mothers to receive positive feedback when breastfeeding in a public area. Bodi admits that seeing Jackie breastfeeding actually made her so happy. Wow, what an amazing woman she is!
Bodi admitted later on that she tried not to stare but she was so enthusiastic that she could not help herself. Now it all makes sense why Jackie was getting strange vibes, but boy were her instincts wrong!
Sticking Up For Other Women
Jackie finally felt like the universe was doing something good for her after putting up with negative reactions and not doing anything about them. She wanted to thank her waitress but she was too shocked.
Jackie said that she didn’t need recognition for feeding her child, but after so much negative commentary, one positive reaction can change everything. Bodi made Jackie feel empowered as a woman.
Bodi’s note made more improvements than she probably expected. Jackie and her husband were better than ever and Jackie was blowing up on Instagram, starting a movement for the women who breastfeed in public.
A Long Way
Bodi surely never expect that her small act of compassion would lead to such a movement and impact Jackie in the way that it did. Not only did it extend to Jackie’s family, but also other families around the world.