John Curtis and his adopted son John Wikiera discussed their dreams in this week's StoryCorps interview heard on NPR's Morning Edition.

The long-running series features everyday folks sharing the stories of their lives.

John Curtis and his husband, David Wikiera, have two sons. They adopted their first son, John Wikiera, from Vietnam when he was a baby.

Eleven years later, John Curtis sat down with his son at a StoryCorps booth in Rochester, New York and asked, “What are some of your dreams?”

“I kind of want to go to Mars and be an astronaut,” the younger John said.

“What do you think it's going to be like on Mars?”

“Red. Yeah. … So, do you remember what was going through your head when you first saw me?”

“I had always wanted to be a parent. So it was a dream I had but I never dreamed would come true, because Pop 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,” the elder John said, his voice breaking up. “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.”

“And the first time I ever go 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.”

“How has being a parent changed you?”

“Oh, it changes everything. Do you think about having a family of your own?”

“Yeah, sometimes. And like when I have kids, you'll get to meet them.”

“That's my dream, too. I love you very much.”

“I love you, too.”

“We were always meant to be together,” the elder John added. (The audio is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)