Jackie had just given birth to her third child, and she and her husband were in a tough spot in their relationship. They went out for what they thought would be a nice relaxing family dinner with their children, but they never imagined that
their waitress would do this to them…
Behind Her Back
When she returned from the restroom during her dinner at a restaurant with her husband, her blood was boiling. The waitress left something at their table that made this wife’s stomach turn.
The Tears Came
She didn’t want to cause a big scene, but she couldn’t simply sit back and be okay with this. She knew that she had to say something, so she demanded her husband show her what the waitress just left for him. Tears ran down her cheeks as she read.
Jackie Johnson-Smith found out how difficult it is to be a mother in the hardest way possible, but no experience that she had as a mother was anything compared to the experience she had at her local pizza shop in Des Moines, Iowa.
Stirring Up Drama
Jackie’s waitress somehow felt brave enough to write her husband a letter and slip it to him while Jackie was in the bathroom. When she read the letter, she couldn’t believe what it said.
Not Someone To Mess With
Jackie served for quite some time in the U.S. Army, so she had a tough personality that clearly told people not to mess with her. Other than being in the army, though, Jackie dedicated her life to being the best mom that she could be.
A War Hero
Despite her tough persona, a waitress left a note for her husband that left Jackie in tears. What could make a war hero like Jackie break down like this? Her husband couldn’t believe her reaction either.
Not So Glamorous
Being a mom wasn’t a glamorous job; you constantly look exhausted and messy from taking care of your kids, but Jackie did her best to look nice. Her husband, however, was undeniably a good-looking man.
He Got A Lot Of Attention
Jackie found him attractive, of course, and she was not blind to the fact that other women looked at him also. She always tried her best not to let it get to her, but the way this waitress looked at him tonight really rubbed Jackie the wrong way.
A Blind Eye
Jackie could not turn a blind eye to the fact that their relationship had changed over the years. She had three children and no longer had the physical or mental capabilities that she once had.
Sometimes she felt insecure and uncertain in her marriage and wondered if it was time to address it. She usually just ignored these thoughts, but on this particular night she thought her insecurities had a good reason.
Bringing The Family Out
Jackie and Tom knew very well that they were overdue for a date night, but since they just recently had a new baby, they decided to take the whole family out to the local pizza restaurant.
Life With A Newborn
As soon as they arrived, the newborn started fussing. Jackie started feeding the baby at the table and she could tell people were staring at her, but not like the waitress was staring at her husband.
When you become a mother, suddenly everyone starts to judge you for everything you do. When a mom starts to lift up her shirt in public, everyone starts to stare, and Jackie knew this feeling all too well after having three kids, all of whom were breastfed.
A Proud Momma
Nothing upset her about the stares or made her want to stop breastfeeding her kids, but the way this waitress was staring was truly unlike anything Jackie had ever experienced. She knew she had to do something.
All Eyes On Them
Jackie was used to people staring at her while she fed her baby, so she stopped letting it get to her and upset her. Despite the fact that she could hear people mumbling about her, she ignored them and kept feeding her baby.
When she noticed how intently the waitress was watching her, though, it made Jackie feel extremely uneasy. Had she never seen someone breastfeeding before? She thought the waitress was about to do something, but she didn’t know what.
Jackie got up and walked away from the table, and this is when her husband asked the waitress to bring their bill to them. Right when Jackie walked away, the waitress ran straight for their table and slipped Jackie’s husband a note.
A New Feeling
As he was reading the note, his face had every reaction written right on it. He didn’t realize that Jackie saw this entire interaction, and from there, she felt something she had never felt before.
How Did He React?
Jackie thought that her husband would immediately crumple up the note and toss it to the side, but instead, he took out his phone! Did she just give him her phone number? Jackie couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
Had He Fallen In Love?
She couldn’t shake the feeling that her husband had fallen out of love with her and was tired of his life with her and the kids. Her heart sank into her stomach as she watched all of this happen. What would she do about it?
Her Jealousy Was Showing
Jackie felt an overwhelming sense of anger take over her body watching the waitress swooping in on her husband when she walked away for a moment. Her mind was running in a million different directions, and she couldn’t help but wonder what could have been written on the note.
The worst part was that her husband took out his phone right after reading the note! Was he really saving her number in his phone? Jackie walked back and demanded to read the letter, but started crying immediately after.
Everything Was Suspicious
The waitress offered to give Jackie’s husband some sort of exclusive discount on their entire bill. What was going on here? Why was she flirting with a married man directly in front of his wife’s eyes?
The Center Of Problems
The note mentioned his wife choosing to breastfeed while in such a public place like a restaurant. Jackie was used to being the center of problems like this, but no one had ever been so upfront about it to her before.
All of a sudden, Jackie couldn’t hold it back anymore and she burst into tears. Jackie couldn’t believe the note that she was reading. How could the waitress write something like this?
The Letter That Made Her Cry
Tears were streaming down Jackie’s face as she continued reading and dipped down into her seat. She never expected a note like this to come her way, but actually, it inspired Jackie.
Her Note Went Viral
Jackie felt so strongly about what this waitress had done, that she decided she needed to post about what had just happened on her social media pages. She was well aware that breastfeeding in public places was a big topic of conversation, but she was still shocked to see how people on Facebook responded to her post.
The Note Itself
She started her post by saying, “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.”
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 explained in her post. What did the letter say, though?
An Experienced Waitress
The waitress’s name was Bodi. She had been a waitress for quite some time now, and she noticed time and time again how moms who chose to breastfeed in public were looked at and talked about.
What Did The Note Say?
Though she didn’t have experience with this personally, it still made her angry to see people judging women for choosing to feed their baby at the dinner table. So, she wrote on their bill, “I bought one of your pizzas… Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!!”
She Expected The Worst
What Jackie did in response to this was incredible. Jackie assumed that when her husband pulled out his phone that he was trying to write down the waitress’s phone number; she admits that she expected the absolute worst.
Fortunately, he just wanted to capture this amazing note for himself, and Jackie decided to do the same. Peoples’ responses on Facebook were incredible, both toward Bodi and Jackie. Bodi’s note started an incredible wave of notes like this.
Raising Breastfeeding Awareness
After the efforts from both Bodi and Jackie, people were starting to raise the conversation about breastfeeding more and more. Jackie, along with every breastfeeding mom around the globe, was sick of getting stared at for simply feeding a child in a natural way.
All She Wants
Bodi proved that there are people out there who support moms like Jackie. Though the topic of breastfeeding is still a bit uncomfortable to bring up, progress is being made, which is all that Jackie wants.
It’s not common that a mom will get such positive feedback about breastfeeding, especially in public, even though it’s completely normal and natural. Bodi said later on, “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 the reason Jackie noticed the waitress looking so deeply at her!
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,” Jackie explained.
She then went back to the restaurant to thank Bodi again in person. “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 the couple had this interaction with Bodi, their relationship was better than it had ever been before, and Jackie was making huge strides on social media to break the silence about moms who choose to breastfeed in public.
A Long Way
We are sure that Bodi never thought such a small act of kindness on her end would go such a long way for Jackie and her family. It even affected people all across the world thanks to social media!