COPPERAS COVE — Spc. Jasmine Goode was worried. It was Thursday morning, and she still hadn’t heard from her superiors as to whether her leave was approved.
She was scheduled to fly from Cuba to Cove on Friday to surprise her son for his birthday party Saturday afternoon.
“I got the idea over a month ago and have been working like crazy to get it to happen,” said the 26-year-old mother of two. “I called Thursday afternoon and they told me I was good to go.”
She caught her flight, but barely noticed anything — feeling a high only a parent returning to her children can feel.
“The hardest part of what I do is not being able to see them; the Internet doesn’t work very well at Guantanamo Bay, so we can’t Skype,” she said. “I hear their voices and sometimes that can be enough. But it’s always hard.”
It had been six months since Malkijah Gause and Nevaeh Williams saw their mom, and it will be another six before they are together again.
Neither child had any idea who was behind the Spider-Man mask at the party.
But they, along with several excited party-goers, still chased and caught the friendly superhero.
The birthday boy got to do what J. Jonah Jameson has attempted in the Marvel Comic universe for more than 50 years: unmask “the masked menace.”
“I didn’t know what to think when I saw it was my mom,” the 7-year-old known as Yo-Yo said.
“I just know this is awesome. It’s the best birthday present ever.”
Goode’s mother, Anna Telawi, has been caring for both children while she serves overseas with the 189th Military Police Company, 525th Military Police Brigade.
“I am so happy to be able to have my family together to celebrate,” Telawi said. “I’m so grateful. It’s an honor to help raise my grandchildren while my daughter serves our country.”
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