"I knew I was home"

Octavius Smiley-Humphries was nervous for a lot of reasons when he accepted an invitation to share Christmas with the family of a man he'd just met. But it didn't take long for him to feel completely at ease. Learn why the holidays hold special meaning for Octavius and his now-family.


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StoryCorps. (2015, December 25). I thought it was going to be a recipe for disaster [Audio podcast]. https://storycorps.org/stories/octavius-smiley-humphries-carole-smiley-and-seth-smiley-humphries-151...

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