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Jensen: Being a dad gets better each day

By JOE CENTERS • Jun 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Elrik Jensen summed up being a father in one word — “awesome.”

Jensen and his wife, Felicia, spent a beautiful Friday afternoon fishing at Veterans Memorial Lake Park in Norwalk. They didn’t catch a whole lot of fish, but like they say, a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.

Elrik is an X-ray technician at Firelands Regional Memorial Hospital and works a lot of mornings. Felicia works mostly evenings at Bob Evan’s.

Long gone are the days when dads went to work and mothers stayed home to raise the children. Both parents work most of the time and the key is to make the best of the situation.

The Jensens are doing just that.

“I get home and she goes to work,” Jensen said. “We don’t get to see each other a lot but we definitely get to spend a lot of time with our daugher.”

Sunday is Fathers Day and the three plan to be right back at the park fishing again if the weather holds out. It will be a special day, mostly for mom and dad.

“I don’t know if she (Harper) really knows maybe what that means,” Jensen said. “Maybe in a couple of years.”

Elrik is a 2012 graduate of Edison High School. Felicia is a 2011 EHS grad.

He talked about becoming a father.

“It was exciting. Very exciting,” he said. “My wife and I has been married for about three years before we had Harper. We were just ready and there was a lot of excitement.”

The two are planning to have at least one more child, and Elrik would love to have a son.

“I want to have a girl and a boy, at least,” he said with a big smile. “That would be ideal.”

Jensen said he already can picture his son playing football “and stuff like that.”

“We want to get her (Harper) into sports,” he said. “Maybe volleyball or something like that. Maybe soccer.”

This is Jensen’s third Fathers Day as a dad and he said it gets better each day.

“It will be a lot of fun,” he said. “Definitely a lot of exciting times (ahead). She is learning how to talk. We are learning new words each day.

“It’s a great feeling every day. We go out. Walk. Get ice cream all of the time. We go up to the park. 

“It’s an awesome day.” 

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