Jackie, a mother of three, was going through a difficult time. She and Tom, her husband, were not getting along very well. This story happened on the day they went out to enjoy a nice dinner with the children. However, what their waitress did ended up shocking them all.
Behind Her Back
Jackie excused herself to go to the restroom while they were having dinner. When she got back, she was furious. She just saw their waitress leave a note for her husband at the table! How dare she?
The Tears Came
She did not want to make a big scene, but how could she possibly let something like this slide? She had to do something, so she asked Tom to give her the piece of paper that she slid him. Jackie could not help but cry after seeing it.
Jackie Johnson-Smith knew that it was not easy at all to become a mother. However, this experience of hers was not something that happened on a daily basis. It took place at a local pizza parlor in Des Moines, Iowa.
Stirring Up Drama
The waitress was somehow brave enough to pen a note to her husband and actually give it to him when Jackie had her back turned. After seeing what she wanted to tell him, she was taken by surprise.
Not Someone To Mess With
Jackie spent some time in the army, so you can bet that she was no pushover. She had a very tough personality, so you should not mess with this woman! Aside from that, she was also one very devoted mother.
A War Hero
Despite her background, this waitress managed to craft a note that would have Jackie crying. What did she say to make this war hero break down in tears? Even Tom was shocked to see his wife this way.
Not So Glamorous
It is not glamorous to become a mom. No, you are always messy and exhausted from looking after the little ones. Jackie tried to look nice all the time, but Tom was blessed with rugged good looks.
He Got A Lot Of Attention
Jackie, no doubt, found her husband attractive. This also meant that she had to get used to seeing other ladies look at him. She tried not to let it bother her, but the waitress was looking at their table too intently for her comfort.
A Blind Eye
There was no way Jackie could ignore the way the relationship between her and Tom changed in the past. They now had 3 kids, and she has changed both in terms of mental and physical capabilities.
There are times when she would feel wary and insecure about it all. Was it the time to talk about it? She often did her best to ignore those thoughts, but what the waitress did to them made it hard to do that.
Bringing The Family Out
Tom and Jackie were in dire need of a date night. However, it seemed impossible since they just got a new baby. This was the reason they just took the kids with them to the pizza parlor.
Life With A Newborn
Their newborn baby started to fuss when they got to the pizza place. Jackie decided to feed the baby there. While the other clients stared at her, nothing compared to how their waitress looked on.
When you become a mom, people will judge you for every single thing. A mom that lifts her shirt up to feed her kid will get stared at. This was nothing new to Jackie after having nursed her two other kids.
A Proud Momma
It was true that Jackie did not get upset about the stares anymore, but she still felt uncomfortable with the way the waitress had her eyes on their table. What could she do about this?
All Eyes On Them
It was nothing new to have people look at her as she fed her child, so she just let it stop bothering her. The others might have been mumbling about her, but she decided to keep ignoring them instead.
Jackie was uneasy when she felt the eyes of the waitress on her. Could it be the first time that she ever saw a breastfeeding mother? She could tell that the waitress wanted to do something, but what?
Jackie eventually stood up to go to the bathroom. Around the same time, Tom asked for the bill. As Jackie walked away, this waitress went for their table and gave him a note! What was going on?
A New Feeling
As Tom read the note, his face reflected exactly what he was feeling. He did not realize that his spouse was watching him the whole time. Jackie felt a new emotion overtake the rest of her body.
How Did He React?
Jackie assumed that her husband would crumple the note and just put it aside. However, she saw him take out his mobile phone instead! Could it be that their waitress just slipped him her phone number?
Had He Fallen In Love?
She could not shake the feeling that Tom was no longer in love with her. Maybe he did not want to be with Jackie and the kids anywhere. Of course, her heart hurt the entire time this was going on.
Her Jealousy Was Showing
Jackie was overcome with a sense of anger when she saw the waitress swoop in on Tom the very moment that she left the table to use the toilet. She really wanted to know what the note said!
The thing that broke her heart was that Tom got his phone out after he got the note. Did he save her contact number? Jackie then returned to the table and asked to see what the letter said.
Everything Was Suspicious
The truth was that the waitress was giving her husband some exclusive discount on the bill. But why? Could this woman really be cheeky enough to flirt with Tom when Jackie and his kids were right there?
The Center Of Problems
The note talked about the way Jackie was breastfeeding in public. Even though Jackie has previously encountered problems such as this one, it was the first time that anyone had been this upfront about it.
Jackie could no longer hold back her tears after she read the note from their waitress. How could such a thing even happen to her? What could possibly have made the waitress think of something like this?
The Letter That Made Her Cry
Tears streamed down her face as she looked at the note some more. The mother of three dipped down into the seat. Not once did she think that anything like this would come her way, but here she was.
Her Note Went Viral
Jackie had strong feelings about what the waitress did, so she decided to post about the story on social media. She knew that people argued about public breastfeeding all the time, but she still had no idea about how Facebook users would answer the post.
The Note Itself
This was how Jackie began the post: “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
Bodi was the name of the waitress. She has been in this line of work for a fair amount of time already. In the past, she has noticed how breastfeeding moms would get talked about and stared at.
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,” the mother of three went on. But what did the note say?
What Did The Note Say?
Even though Bodi has never breastfed in public before, she still got mad when she saw the way people judged and shamed women who fed their baby at the table. This was the reason she wrote this note on the bill: “I bought one of your pizzas… Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!!”
She Expected The Worst
Let us find out what Jackie did in response to this act of kindness. It was true, however, that she had unpleasant thoughts after seeing Tom take out his phone. She admitted she was ready for the worst.
It was a good thing that he really only wanted to take a photo of the incredible note. Jackie did the same thing, of course. The response they got on Facebook was incredible, and people approved of what Bodi and Jackie did. The note even began a wave of similar deeds!
Raising Breastfeeding Awareness
Thanks to the efforts of both Jackie and Bodi, they managed to raise awareness about the practice of breastfeeding in public. Jackie, like other breastfeeding moms out there, found all the stares tiresome. After all, they just wanted to feed their child naturally!
All She Wants
Bodi showed us all that breastfeeding mothers like Jackie have the support of the people. Even though it is not the easiest topic to bring up, there is indeed progress being made. That’s all Jackie wants, really.
It is not all that common for a mom to receive positive feedback when it comes to public breastfeeding. If you ask us, there is nothing unnatural or weird about it. “I noticed [Jackie] nursing and was so thrilled she did it!” Bodi later explained.
“…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!” Yes, this was why Jackie noticed Bodi looking at her so intensely that day.
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 said about the incident.
She then returned to the restaurant so that she can personally tell Bodi thanks. 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.”
After the family had that interaction with Bodi, Tom and Jackie were able to patch things up. They are now better than ever before! Of course, we are also proud that Jackie managed to make huge leaps to raise awareness about what breastfeeding moms go through.
A Long Way
We are pretty sure that Bodi did not think this small act of kindness would accomplish so many things. Aside from Jackie and the Johnson-Smith family, it has also affected folks from all over the world. A little kindness goes a long way, ladies and gentlemen!