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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.  

Our first outing almost ended in tears

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.

Our first outing almost ended in tears

Allen Arseneau

The Fates smiled on us – our first outing will be a memorable one.  We had to deal with a blizzard, being chased around the mall with cheesy fingers, and almost crying...all on our first outing.

Boston has had an unusually warm winter…until yesterday, the day of our first outing.  We got hit with a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow on Boston.  I wonder how much snow we’ll get this year?   Maybe this will be our only storm, though I hope not.  More snow is always better.

Hunter and I walked over to the local YMCA to shoot some hoops (free admission as a Big Brother; we get so many perks!).  The kid totally impressed me, by actually scoring points – and he’s only 7!  Hunter got game.

While walking back to his grandma’s, Hunter just had to jump into a snowdrift.  I caught it on tape. 

Playing in the snow turned into a very serious snowball fight.  Then, we headed to the mall, for good-old-fashioned … hanging out at the mall.  This was a safe and warm activity (given the snow, and that it was our first outing).

Hunter showed me his favorite video games at the game store, he played with a super-cute puppy at the puppy store, and then we built and raced cars at the Lego store.  And for some exercise, he chased me around the mall with his cheesy fingers (a by-product of sampling yellow-cheese mall popcorn). 

We headed to the Food Court for a couple slices of pizza.  While eating, Hunter started looking really sad - I thought he might cry (perhaps he did).  He said that he missed his grandma.  I smiled and asked, “Hunter, would you want to head home?”  He smiled and looked at me, and nodded his head.  As we drove home, I let him know that there is absolutely nothing that he can say that will offend me, and I will always bring him home whenever he wants me to. 

It was a great first outing. 

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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