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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.  

Breaking in our new bikes

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.

Breaking in our new bikes

Allen Arseneau

This week, we decided to go for a bike ride.  Hunter recently got a bike.  I just got a bike myself (good old CraigsList).  I had not even ridden my new bike yet, so I suggested we go for a bike ride.  Hunter loved the idea.  It turned out, that he had never gone on a real bike ride either.  So, we christened our new bikes together.  It was really the first bike ride – for his bike, for my bike, and for us together. 

Showing off his new bike!

Showing off his new bike!

Hunter did a great job crossing streets, avoiding people, and not falling into the ocean.  On the way home, he persuaded me to stop off at the local playground – which he is able to do a lot. 

It was a great outing. 

Stopping to enjoy a beautiful sunset

Stopping to enjoy a beautiful sunset