Yesterday was Christmas, and Hunter (like all kids) needed to get out of the house today. So we went for a hike.Read More
Boston BIG - A blog about being a Big Brother
This is a blog about my experiences become a Big Brother to a wonderful 7-yr old boy named Hunter.
My name is Allen, and I am a Boston BIG. I live in the Boston area, and am a BIG Brother (Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay Organization) to a 7-year old boy named Hunter. Hunter lives with his grandma and 4 siblings, and is in kind of a tough situation. So, I am a positive adult role-model in his life. I take him out about 3 times per month. We have a blast.
People are often surprised by how much fun Hunter and I have on our many outings, so I decided to write this blog to capture some of our adventures, and to keep somewhat of a diary for Hunter.
I personally know how beneficial having a BIG is. I actually got my own BIG about 28 years ago, when my mother realized that her sons needed help. My BIG, Paul, became my mentor and guiding light as I grew from a Boston troubled teen into a Stanford alum and business owner. I talk to Paul almost every week nowadays. Eventhough I have a wonderful 8 year-old daughter of my own, and run a start-up, I find a few hours each week to take Hunter out. In fact, it is just as much a break for me as it is for him.
I hope you enjoy reading about some of our adventures.
Hunter came over to help me prep for a craft that I’m doing at my daughter’s 3rd grade class tomorrow. The hightlight was learning stick and knife fighting.Read More
Hunter and I went to the annual Big Brother Big Sister Holiday Party. It was at this party last year that I decided to become a Big.Read More
Today, Hunter and I went to Diablo Glass Blowing in Roxbury, MA. It was super cool!Read More
We went to the Aquarium today, and we battled over pizza. The winner? Penguins.Read More
Last week, I got married. It was one of the happiest days of my life. And, my Little Brother was a groomsman. It was perfect.Read More
We went old-school today…candlepin bowling. And in the process, I unleashed Hunter's super-competetive side. He was out for blood. And he got it. I demand a rematch!Read More
Who doesn't like a movie on a rainy day. And maybe some wedding cake exploration.Read More
oday, Hunter and I got a pizza, and headed to the local shipyard. No agenda, no plans, just hanging out. The weather was warm, and it was dinnertime. We started talking about what it means to be “the man of the house” - which Hunter is.Read More
Today, Hunter came over to my place. He and my daughter made a DELICIOUS cake, and then we all played Monopoly Empire. Just a chillin' evening with two great kids.Read More
Hunter had so much fun a few nights before, he asked to go fishing again. So this time, we went first thing in the morning.Read More
I went camping with my family, and Hunter went camping with his, so we went several weeks without connecting. But, when we finally did, Hunter learned how to cast!!Read More
This week, we decided to go for a bike ride. And as it turned out, it would be the first time each of us would ride our new bikes. How cool that we broke them in together.Read More
Hunter came over the house today for a summer BBQ, and then some beach time. What better way to spend a July afternoon?!!Read More
Allen, Hunter and Hunter go hiking on the Blue Hills.Read More
Allen takes Hunter sea kayaking for the first time. And his daughter surprises him when he gets home.Read More
Today was an extreme outing for Little Hunter and Big Allen Arseneau. They finished up the Freedom Trail, but then witnessed a horrific accident.Read More
Allen Arseneau and Little Hunter explore historic Boston...Read More
Today, I wanted to take Hunter out so that he could get his grandma and his mom some flowers.Read More
Allen Arseneau runs out of outings for Hunter, so they go hiking a 2nd time. And Hunter hangs out with Allen's daughter for the 2nd time.Read More