Jean Paul Mansour

Age: 42

Fargo, North Dakota

Born and raised in Chicago, Jean Paul Mansour and his three older sisters were raised by a single mom. Mansour describes himself as a “typical city kid who ran around the neighborhood playing baseball and basketball with friends.” After serving as a paramedic and firefighter in the Chicagoland area, Mansour moved to Fargo in 2012 where he now works as an emergency room nurse at Sanford. When he isn’t spending time with his wife Jen (they’ve been married almost 14 years) and their two daughters, Grace (13) and Maren (11), you can find Mansour cooking, fishing, or enjoy a round of golf.

Jean Paul Mansour says the best thing he's learned as he's got older is to relax more and "not sweat the small stuff". Photos courtesy of Ten Little Chickens Photography / Special to On The Minds of Moms
Jean Paul Mansour says the best thing he's learned as he's got older is to relax more and "not sweat the small stuff". Photos courtesy of Ten Little Chickens Photography / Special to On The Minds of Moms

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1. If I could live any time in history, it would be during…

back to the 50s when life was simpler. Family was the focus, big Sunday dinners and no cell phones!

2. My idea of solitude involves…

sitting in my backyard, listening to Dave Matthews & watching my kids play.

3. Growing up I always knew…

I wanted to be married with a family.

4. People are always surprised to find out i…

wanted to become a Catholic priest when I was younger.

5. Growing up the smartest person i knew was…

a childhood friend’s father, Bill. He was a navy office and railroad executive. He was level-headed and always had an answer for me.

6. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten better at…

learning to relax more and not sweat the small stuff.

Jean Paul Mansour pictured with his family Photos courtesy of Ten Little Chickens Photography / Special to On The Minds of Moms
Jean Paul Mansour pictured with his family Photos courtesy of Ten Little Chickens Photography / Special to On The Minds of Moms

7. My kiddos have definitely taught me…

what true love really is.

8. One of my wife’s best qualities is…

her positively. She is always glass half full.

9. Hands-down, my all-time favorite movie is…

"Ace Venture Pet Detective", it brings back great memories of lots of laughs with good friends.

10. In twenty years I will probably be…

retired!

11. I’m a big fan of…

good food from anywhere.

12. I really admire people who…

put family first and respect each other.

13. If money were no object, I would…

start a free community kitchen.

14. I hope my kids know…

I love them unconditionally and will support them always.

15. My biggest pet peeve…

is when people do not have common manners

Editor’s note: Story was written by On The Minds of Moms and originally published in the August/September 2019 magazine. Forum Communications Company is re-publishing these stories as On the Minds of Moms staff members develop a new online community.