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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.  

Museum of Science (where it’s fun to find 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.

Museum of Science (where it’s fun to find out)

Allen Arseneau

I love science and engineering.  So, I was happy to bring Hunter to the Museum of Science yesterday (discounted tickets through BBBSMB).  It was our second outing, so we are still getting to know each other. 

Like many kids, Hunter is a pretty picky eater.  I try to get him to at least taste different foods (read: vegetables), but so far, I’ve not been too successful.  In an effort to keep my costs down (like a good entrepreneur), I brought peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with me (and I know that he likes them).  However, he wasn’t loving the jelly or the crusts.  So, we got hotdogs (oh yay).  But, siting there, looking out over the frozen Charles River, eating preserved meat in synthetic casings, we chatted about all kinds of really cool stuff, like the speed of light and water freezing.  Hunter kind of seems like a science-geek!  I love it.

And then, as we were getting ready to leave, he dropped this nugget on me…”Allen, can we please watch the “Top 10 Science Stories of 2014” presentation”, which was just about to start.  Let me think about that for a sec…um, absolutely!  We learned about the SharkCam, how artificial sweetners affect blood sugar, and the enormous dreadnoughtus (biggest dinosaur ever!). 

Thanks for the science lesson, Hunter.

I didn't know that stone warrior statues could look so ferocious

I didn't know that stone warrior statues could look so ferocious

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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