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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.  

Boston Freedom Train (part 1)

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.

Boston Freedom Train (part 1)

Allen Arseneau

If you live in Boston, then you gotta do the Freedom Trail.  And as a Big Brother, it is a perfect outing because of 4 great reasons.

1.     There is so much history to learn along the way

2.     I like to be active; Walking the Freedom Trail covers X miles

3.     We get to explore new parts of Boston that Hunter has likely not seen before

4.     It’s free.  Although, I did a tour guide book in Park Street

We started the walk in Park Street, and Hunter begged for a pretzel.  I broke down, and got him a pretzel, which we split.  It was pretty good.  We both put mustard on our halves.  However, Hunter’s mustard somehow ended up all over the side of his face.  It was hysterical. 

Hunter and I in front of Boston's Old State House

Hunter and I in front of Boston's Old State House

Walking the Freedom Trail is great (see my 4 points above); however the big downside (especially for a little kid) is that it is a long walk.  Halfway through it, Hunter got tired.  We’ll finish it next week. 

The highlight of the trip for Hunter – not the education, not the walk, not even the pretzel.  Nope, the highlight was playing in the Park Street playground. 

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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