Not long after giving birth to their third child, Jackie and her husband were experiencing some problems. They were overdue for a date and ended up going out for dinner with their little ones instead. Needless to say, the couple had no idea what was going to happen on that fateful night…
Behind Her Back
Jackie went to the bathroom but witnessed something that made her blood boil. What did she see? Well, she just saw the waitress leave something at the table while this mom had her back turned.
The Tears Came
It was not like she wanted to make a huge scene, but how could she just sit back after seeing that? Jackie needed to speak up, so she told her husband to show her what the note said. When she got to see it at last, tears went down her cheeks!
Jackie Johnson-Smith can tell you how hard it is to become a mother. She knows this from experience. However, this was not something that every mother out there would experience. Let us find out exactly what happened on that day at the local pizza shop. This story unraveled in Des Moines, Iowa.
Stirring Up Drama
The waitress, it appeared, was bold enough to write her husband a note. She decided to leave it as Jackie made her way to the bathroom. The letter shocked her, and it might shock you as well!
Not Someone To Mess With
Jackie had been a servicewoman with the U.S. Army in the past. This means that she is a tough woman that you should not mess with! Apart from her service, another important thing about Jackie is that she is a very dedicated mom to her children.
A War Hero
While she has a tough persona, the waitress managed to make her cry with the note. What on earth could it have said to make this war heroine break down? Even her husband was shocked by her reaction.
Not So Glamorous
You should not go around thinking that it is glamorous to be a mom. Jackie is always tired and barely has the time to look after herself, but she does try to look nice. However, her husband is a gorgeous man.
He Got A Lot Of Attention
Jackie knew that he was an attractive man, so it was a given that other ladies would check him out in public. She has gotten used to all the attention already, but she knew that there was something different about how the waitress had been eyeing their table.
A Blind Eye
Still, Jackie was unable to ignore just how much their relationship had evolved over the years. She felt insecure that she no longer had her old physical and mental capabilities after giving birth to 3 kids.
There were times when Jackie felt uncertain and insecure about the marriage. Was it time to talk to him about it? She could typically ignore those thoughts, but what happened that night made it hard to do so.
Bringing The Family Out
Jackie and Tom were severely in need of some alone time. However, it was hard to do this since they just had a baby. Instead of going out on a date, they just brought the kids out to a pizza restaurant.
Life With A Newborn
When they got to the pizza place, the baby started to cry. Jackie decided to feed the baby right at the table. People stared at her while she did this, but the waitress looked at them in a different way.
It is common for mothers to feel like the entire world is judging everything they do. People will start to stare the moment you lift up a shirt. Jackie was already aware that this was going to happen. After all, she made the decision to breastfeed all three of her kids.
A Proud Momma
She refused to get upset by the stares. They did not make Jackie want to stop feeding the kids this way either. However, she started to feel uncomfortable under the weight of the stare of their waitress.
All Eyes On Them
Jackie was already used to having people stare at her as she fed the baby. It was not hard for her to let it go. This was the reason she did not get upset after hearing other patrons mumbling about what she did.
After noticing the stare of the waitress, however, Jackie began to feel uncomfortable and uneasy. She could not help but wonder if it was the first time that this lady ever saw a mom breastfeeding in public.
At one point, Jackie stood up and left the table. Her husband asked for the bill while she was away. As soon as Jackie walked off, the waitress made a beeline for the table and left a note for the husband!
A New Feeling
As he read the note, his face showed exactly what he had in mind. He was unaware that his wife saw the exchange. After Jackie saw that, her body was overcome by a feeling she had not known before.
How Did He React?
It was only reasonable for her to assume that he would just ignore the note and let it go. What shocked her was seeing him take out his phone. Was he really going to save the number of the waitress?!
Had He Fallen In Love?
She already thought that Tom had fallen out of love with her. Maybe he no longer wanted a life with Jackie and the kids. After seeing this exchange between him and the waitress, she could feel her heartbreak into pieces. What comes after this?
Her Jealousy Was Showing
Jackie felt a lot of anger when she saw the way the waitress tried to swoop in when she had her back turned for a moment. There were a lot of things going through her head. However, she wanted to see what the note said before doing anything else.
For her, the worst part of this was the moment he got his phone after seeing what the note said. It would be devastating if your partner saved the number of a different person, right? Jackie returned to the table and asked to see the note.
Everything Was Suspicious
Jackie saw that the waitress had been offering him an exclusive discount for their bill. But why would she do something like that? Was this her way of flirting with him? What exactly was going on?
The Center Of Problems
The note also talked about how Jackie breastfed their child in a public place. Even though it was not new for people to criticize her for that, it was a first for her to have someone be so upfront about this.
Jackie was unable to stop the tears that pooled in her eyes. She started to cry after reading the note! She was shocked by what the waitress said. What would make her write something like that?
The Letter That Made Her Cry
Jackie read the note and slid down the chair. She was crying the entire time. This was the first time that she ever received a note like this. However, it actually inspired this brave mother!
Her Note Went Viral
Jackie had a lot of emotions about what took place in the restaurant. This was why she decided to post about it on social media. She knew that there was a lot of debate surrounding breastfeeding in public areas. However, this did not prepare her for the way Facebook users responded to the post she made.
The Note Itself
Jackie started the Facebook post with this: “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 waitress at the pizza place is called Bodi. She has been working as a waitress for some time now. Every now and then, she would see moms breastfeeding there. Sadly, people liked to stare at them.
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,” Jackie shared in the post. But what did the note say?
What Did The Note Say?
Even though she had not breastfed herself, she would get angry when she saw how people judged women who fed their baby at the table. It was for this reason that she wrote this on the bill: “I bought one of your pizzas… Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!!”
She Expected The Worst
What an amazing thing to do and say! Jackie tried to repay her kindness as well. However, it was true that she did jump into conclusions after she saw how Tom took out his phone after Bodi left the note.
In reality, he only wanted to snap a photo of the shocking note. Jackie documented it as well. People on Facebook wrote incredible responses to the story. They cheered both Jackie and Bodi on. The note from the latter also made people do the same thing!
Raising Breastfeeding Awareness
Thanks to the efforts exerted by Jackie and Bodi, people were able to raise the discussion about public breastfeeding. Together with all the other breastfeeding mothers out there, she was tired of being subjected to stares whenever she wanted to feed her child in public.
All She Wants
We are glad that Bodi did what she did. She proved that there are plenty of people who are there to cheer on mothers like Jackie. It is nice to hear that we are making progress when it comes to this topic.
It is not really common for a mom to receive positive feedback after they breastfeed in a public space. Still, it is 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!” she went on. This explains why she had been looking at the table so much!
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,” the mom of three explained.
Jackie eventually came back to the pizza place to express her gratitude to Bodi. She said, “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.”
Not only that, but the couple had been able to make things right after they experienced that lovely interaction! Of course, there is also the fact that Jackie was able to show people what it was like to be a mother who breastfeeds in public.
A Long Way
We bet that Bodi did not expect this act of kindness to go a long way. It has improved things for Jackie and the family. However, it has reached even further and affected people all over the world!