That note signaled an important moment for Jackie, and she made sure Bodi knew it. She returned to the pizza restaurant the very next day to speak to Bodi in person and thank her for what she did. Jackie further explained that “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.”
Small gestures can go a very long way, and sometimes a four-sentence note is all you need to keep going. Jackie felt she needed to pay the kindness forward, so she took to social media to let other mothers know they weren’t alone either.
The Reason Behind the Stares
Jackie remembered how uncomfortable she felt when she realized Bodi was staring at her so intensely back at the restaurant. She remembered how she felt so judged and couldn’t help but think that she was just being mean. But as Bodi later explained, she stared because she found it hard to look away from such a brave mom.
To her, the fact that Jackie had breastfed her newborn in public was a sign of courage and strength. “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!” said Bodi in a later interview.
Women Supporting Each Other
In any situation, it is always strange and unexpected when a stranger has a kind gesture toward us. People usually have their guard up and are unfortunately imagining the worst, but sometimes, things end up being quite different, and we’re very nicely surprised.
Especially when it comes to women, competition can become a real problem, so it’s of utmost importance for women to always support each other. Instead of judging, we should all react like Bodi did that night at the restaurant. Show people they’re not alone and give them encouragement when they’re feeling at their worst. Especially when it comes to mothers.
One Happy Family
Apart from getting reassured as a mother, Jackie got her confidence back as a wife. She realized she had nothing to worry about when it came to her husband and their unwavering relationship. They had a beautiful family, and that note just helped their union get stronger.
Once that note reminded Jackie that motherhood wasn’t about being perfect but about trying your best, she stopped self-criticizing so much and regained her sense of confidence. Besides, she became a part of an ever-growing online community which now added a new dimension to being a stay-at-home mom. That waitress surely had no idea what her act of kindness would bring about.
An Important Lesson
Little did Bodi know that her handwritten note would change Jackie’s life the way it did. She simply felt inspired to encourage a fellow woman that night and let her know that even though she was being stared at, she had somebody on her side that appreciated her.
Not only did Jackie get her confidence back, but she was now part of something much bigger – she was trying to normalize breastfeeding and help her fellow mothers a little at a time. She was a mother of three, a happy wife, and part of a wonderful, supportive community. Jackie’s life started a new chapter, and she never forgot Bodi.