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My name is Allen Arseneau.  

This blog captures my adventures of becoming a Big Brother to a wonderful 7-yr old boy named Hunter.  My  own adventure began almost 28 years ago, when I became a Little Brother myself.  

Pushing the boundaries – 2nd hike, 2nd daughter-Little hang-out

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.

Pushing the boundaries – 2nd hike, 2nd daughter-Little hang-out

Allen Arseneau

Today, I decided to see just how far I could push the boundaries…so we did a repeat outing.  Hunter loves hiking, so we went back to the Blue Hills for more outdoors activities.  Hiking around, using a compass, eating Trader Joe’s granola bars (of course), and exploring areas that (as I excitedly explained to Hunter) have never been traversed by another human…because we deviated from the trail.  Adventure.  I felt like an Indiana Jones, with Hunter yelling “Indy, Indy”.  We may have even discovered a tiger lair. 

OK, perhaps we were just using our imagination, but man, a little adventure is awesome.

Hunter and my daughter, with our puppy

Hunter and my daughter, with our puppy

When we were done, we drove back to my town, and got some icecream from the local icecream shop.  My daughter and fiancé then met us, and we all took a walk through the local historical graveyard.  I know this sounds kind of morbid, but its more cool than morbid.  As we ran around (literally), we passed by gravestones dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War!!  How cool! 

Allen Arseneau is a Big Brother in Boston.He first came to know of Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) 27 years ago, when he became a Little Brother himself.This blog chronicles Allen Arseneau's journey of becoming the best Big he can.
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