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A mother's tough mission

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

January 23, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The war on terror continues and many Georgians continue to join the fight. An Albany police officer is now another step closer to temporarily trading her crime-fighting badge for combat.

It's going to be extra tough though. Not long ago, she and her husband welcomed a new baby to the world. As she leaves Albany and her child behind, she hopes for the best.

On a Friday afternoon, a small baby was asleep to the world around him. With his small, sleeping eyes, little Ricky Alonzo Lewis III simply has no idea. "He just turned three months old January 16th," said Jasmine Lewis.

Some big family changes are coming for the newborn. "Yup, gotta leave him behind," said Lewis.

His proud mother Jasmine Lewis will soon head to Fort Gordon. "I have to go off to training," said Lewis. Both Jasmine and her husband Ricky, Jr. are specialists with the Army National Guard. He left a week ago for training. She's a few days behind.

"It's just not as easy as most parents think it is. To leave behind your son, it's just not that easy," said a tearful Lewis. It's definitely hard and with that tough decision comes another one--who to leave a son with as both his Mom and Dad head away.

"I knew one day she would go off and make a life for herself so I accepted that a long time ago," said Lewis' mother Idella Waye.

So with some acceptance, some grandparent's lives will now change. "It's going to be changing a lot. I feel like I'm going backwards instead of forwards because I have my grandson and we'll be seeing after him until she gets back," said Waye.

But they say it's a change that's worth it. "We've got to step up to the plate," said Lewis' father Clifford Waye, "I'm proud of our 21-year-old daughter over there and we as parents just have to be grandparents and take on the responsibility and raise our grandson."

It makes it a little easier for a young mother. "It makes me feel a lot better. It gives me a chance to focus on my job and do what I have to do," said Lewis.

It's easier, but far from easy. So with a few tears from both mother and son, both will soon begin a life-changing journey apart.  Only one of them truly knows the sacrifice right now.  

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