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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.  

My Wedding

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.

My Wedding

Allen Arseneau

Last week, I got married.  It was one of the happiest days of my life.  My best friend and I became husband and wife.  It was also our 6-yr anniversary of our first date.  My daughter, who gained a new mother, was as happy as I was.  It was perfect. 

The entire wedding party was children.  Hunter, my Little, is the boy next to me.  My daughter is the little girl.

The entire wedding party was children.  Hunter, my Little, is the boy next to me.  My daughter is the little girl.

And of course, Hunter, my Little Brother, was a part of this special day.

As a groomsman, Hunter was the first person to walk down the aisle.  He carried a sign that read “HERE COMES THE GROOM”.  Then he sat down in the front row. 

My daughter then walked me down the aisle, arm-in-arm, and then she took a seat next to Hunter.  Then the rest of the wedding party (all children) walked down, and finally my beautiful bride walked down the aisle to join me at the altar.  It was an emotional, and absolutely magical day.   

Hunter and my daughter, at the ceremony

Hunter and my daughter, at the ceremony

My Big Brother, Paul, was there of course.  It was the first time that he met Hunter.  Paul and I have been matched since I was 9 years old - 28 years and going strong (blog posting about Paul and me)!  Hunter and I have been matched for almost 1 year.  It was so cool to be there with my Big and my Little. 

Three generations of Bigs and Littles

Three generations of Bigs and Littles

Hunter, who is normally shy around new people, spent the day running around like a mad-man with my daughter, and my nieces and nephews.  At the end of the day (an 8-hr day for Hunter), he said “awww, do I have to go now?”.   He had a blast.  Everyone had a blast.     

For so many reasons, my wedding was just perfect.  

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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