Heartfelt Words from Damien: ‘I Want to Say Mom and Dad’
You want to meet a kid with a heart of gold? Meet Damien. It doesn't get more heartfelt and vulnerable than being a teenage boy and wanting nothing other in life than to have people to call "mom" and "dad."
When asked about what his ideal family would look like, Damien wished a positive male figure could be in his life along with a mother.
"I would want a dad, too, so I could actually say the word 'mom' and 'dad,' instead of saying the words 'aunt' or 'uncle.' The words 'mom' and 'dad,' whenever I hear them, my brain just calculates it for a second" before it registers that Damien doesn't have any yet.
"And then it's just, 'Ohhh,'" he said.
Damien would also love to have siblings. He says he's not picky: brother, sister, older, younger -- it doesn't matter. This kid is just looking for a family.
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