Like Jackie, millions of women around the world have to make the difficult decision of dedicating themselves to their careers or becoming a mother. While it is possible to juggle both, it really depends on what kind of career we’re talking about, and being a soldier is one that requires complete devotion. Jackie knew this very well, and she chose motherhood, ultimately becoming a mom to three beautiful kids.
Leaving her army career behind, Jackie became a stay-at-home mom and was as busy as possible. However, the natural insecurities started to creep in anyway. She always tried to look beautiful and stay attractive, but she was constantly insecure that this wasn’t enough. After all, she was aware that her husband was a very handsome man that was always getting attention.
Not Knowing How to React
Being a mother of three with her husband of several years meant Jackie was no stranger to conflict or drama. She spent her days navigating her kids’ tantrums and messiness, acting as a referee every time they fought. Also, she knew how to discuss things with her husband every time they had a disagreement.
She was also aware of when it was necessary to take a break from a big fight. But what had happened with that waitress was new territory for Jackie. She couldn’t fathom how that waitress approached her husband and left a note for him so shamelessly and out in the open. The disrespect was killing her.
A Past in the Army
Jackie was undoubtedly a fantastic mom – she was loving, sweet, and always present for her three children. However, the friendly, polite, and elegant exterior didn’t mean she hadn’t experienced hardship; this supermom knew a thing or two about being tough. It turns out that, before becoming a mother, Jackie had been in the army and served for several years.
Even though she’d completed her service and left the army in a past life, the sense of discipline and toughness was very much a part of her. Jackie’s first instinct was to fight when she realized the waitress’s behavior, but she also knew how to keep calm in the face of a conflict, so she kept her cool.
The Perils of a Handsome Husband
It was no secret to Jackie or anybody else that her husband was very attractive. She always noticed how women would stop and look at him, and although she obviously enjoyed having such a good-looking partner, it did spark uncomfortable feelings sometimes. Jackie wasn’t the type to show her insecurities, so she never appeared jealous.
This combined with the fact that she spent most of her time at home with three kids made her feel like she was losing her husband’s undivided attention. But that didn’t mean she was about to stand idly by while a stranger tried to make a move on her husband.
Jackie’s feelings will feel familiar to any mother in any part of the world, as having insecurities about oneself becomes pretty common. Jackie was exhausted and feeling insecure already, and the whole waitress incident at the restaurant was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
They hadn’t talked about it openly, but Jackie felt she and her husband had drifted apart. She adored her kids but also felt that she had lost an important part of herself. She was struggling to keep a balance between her role as an attractive woman and her role as a full-time mother of three.