Fri., April 12, 2013 11:15am (EDT)

Adoptive Dad Dreamed A Dream That Brought Him A Son
By NPR Staff
Updated: 1 year ago

John Curtis with his 11-year-old son, John Wikeira.
John Curtis with his 11-year-old son, John Wikeira.
In 1998, John Curtis and David Wikeira adopted a son from Vietnam and named him John Wikeira.

"I had always wanted to be a parent," Curtis tells his now 11-year-old son during a visit to StoryCorps in Rochester, N.Y. "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," he continues. "And one day, a FedEx truck came down the driveway. And they ... had a little picture of you, and I knew that I was going to get to be your dad. And it was wonderful."

John who wants to be an astronaut and go to Mars or maybe a video-game tester asks how parenting changed his dad.

"Oh, it changes everything," Curtis says. When asked whether he thinks about having a family of his own one day, the pre-teen says "sometimes."

"And like when I have kids, you will get to meet them," John tells his dad.

"That's my dream, too. I love you very much," Curtis says. "We were always meant to be together."

Curtis married his partner in 2011 in Rochester after 22 years together. Both their sons John and Joseph, who was adopted from Guatemala participated in the ceremony.

Audio produced for Morning Edition by Michael Garofalo.


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