The Times West Virginian

May 21, 2013

Pam Basnett says she’s blessed to be a grandmother

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — They say there’s nothing like being a grandparent.

Pam Basnett had heard that but pretty much gave it no thought.

Until December 2009.

That’s when she held her grandson Mason for the first time.

“What a miracle! What a blessing,” she said. “Our hearts were filled with such joy. I vowed right then and there to spoil him — with exceptions, of course — all I could!”

It all began months before, on Easter Sunday.

“Our son, Scott, called and said, ‘You’re going to be grandparents.’ From then on it was all about Mason. Our daughter-in-law, Erica, included me along with Mason’s other grandmother, Nana, and Aunt TiTi when she went for ultrasounds. She and I painted the nursery and later we all started planning a baby shower. We could hardly wait for the big day.”

The countdown began, with each passing day bringing her closer and closer to her grandson.

“Mason has brought such joy into our lives,” she said. “He is our only grandchild and we enjoy him so much. Our daughter-in-law is a stay-at-home mom, but we are blessed to have Mason with us some time each week. We have a large backyard for him to play in and it’s such fun just watching him grow from week to week.

“Every time he is with us, it’s a new adventure, from picking wildflowers, to swinging on his swing set, to playing in the sand, to jumping into mud puddles to whatever. There is always something new.

“And being able to enjoy his activities through his innocence gives us such wonderful memories, like going to the Fright Farm at Halloween, looking at the Christmas lights, visiting his Aunt Heather in Virginia, going to church and all the little things he’s so inquisitive about.”

And then there are the funny things he’ll say.

“I asked him if when I got old and couldn’t drive my Jeep, would he drive Grandma. He said, ‘Uh huh!’ But then a few minutes later, he looked at me so innocently and said, ‘But Grandma, I can’t drive!’

“One of my favorite times with Mason is in ‘our’ rocking chair. From the time he was born until present day, we have a favorite chair that we rock in. Sometimes we read books, watch cartoons or videos, or just rock and play I Spy.

“I tell him I love him from head to toes and a million pieces in between. It’s our special time. His papaw enjoys showing him things outdoors and working with him with his little tool set. And when his Aunt Heather comes home to visit, it’s unbelievable how much he has grown since she saw him last.”

If you think it sounds like she likes being a grandmother, you’re wrong.

“I love being a grandma,” she said.

“It’s almost like watching his dad as a little boy again, but then Mason has his very own personality. God has made this healthy, happy little boy that brings so much love and joy to our family. We are truly blessed to be grandparents.”

Email Debra Minor Wilson at dwilson@timeswv.com.