John Curtis and his husband, David Wikiera, have two sons.
The couple adopted their first child from Vietnam when he was a baby.
Eleven years later, John Curtis sat down with that son, John Wikiera, for a conversation at StoryCorps.
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John Wikiera (JW): Well, I kind of want to go to Mars.
JW: And be an astronaut.
JC: What do you think it's going to be like on Mars?
JW: Red …
JC: If you don't go to Mars, what else do you think you might want to do?
JW: Maybe a video game tester.
JC: A video game tester.
JW: Even though a video game tester might be very … exclusive.
JC: It might be tough. I don't know how many of those job positions there are.
JW: So, do you remember what was going through your head when you first saw me?
JC: I thought you were so … can I say beautiful, or do I have to say handsome?
JW: Doesn't matter.
JC: Well you were both. I had always wanted to be a parent. So it was a dream I had but I never dreamed would come true. Because Papa and I are gay, but we had some friends who started thinking about adoption and that got us thinking.
So, we started into the process. And one day, a FedEx truck came down the driveway. And they …they had a little picture of you, and I knew that I was going to get to be your dad. And it was wonderful.
And the first time I ever got to hold you, when I got to feed you your first bottle, I guess in a way I was concerned that you might be scared or nervous with these new people. But, holding you up against my chest--it was just like you fit. Like we fit.
JC: How has being a parent changed you?
JC: Oh, it changes everything. Do you think about having a family of your own?
JW: Yeah, sometimes. And like when I have kids, you will get to meet them.
JC: That's my dream too. I love you very much.
JW: I love you too.
JC: We were always meant to be together.