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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.  

Grrr, the movie that he really wanted to see....was sold 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.

Grrr, the movie that he really wanted to see....was sold out

Allen Arseneau

Today was Valentine’s Day.  We planned on going to the new SpongeBob Movie.  I’ve never seen SpongeBob, so I thought I was in for a treat.  However, bad planning on my part…the movie was sold out.  Hunter handled this like a champ.  I quickly hopped on my phone to find another movie theatre that could work, but without success.  So, we made a Plan B.

We decided to go to the library and read a book together.  But first, we went to the grocery store to get all kinds of “reading snacks”.  Armed with chocolate milk, popcorn, and cheez-its, we entered the library…at 10:30am.  The food was in my backpack.  First, we found a great book – "Spirit Animals", then got a table in the library’s court yard.  

I read to Hunter, and we both gorged on snacks.  We literally made ourselves sick.  It was great. 

Eating snacks and reading at the local library

Eating snacks and reading at the local library

But what was even better, is that Hunter learned that when life doesn’t work out, we quickly and happily figure out a Plan B.  We just dealt with it.  I was very proud of Hunter.

ABOUT ALLEN
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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