Today, Hunter and I got a pizza, and headed to the local shipyard. No agenda, no plans, just hanging out. The weather was warm, and it was dinnertime. We started talking about what it means to be “the man of the house” - which Hunter is.
You see, Hunter lives with his 5 siblings, in cramped quarters with his grandma. He often fights with his little brother. He has never had a stable male role model; hence his getting a Big Brother. I grew up with 5 brothers without a father also. So, I totally get it. It’s hard.
I explained that I know it’s hard, and it’s not always fair. But, being the big brother is really important. Hunter’s job, at 7 years old, is to have fun, do his homework, and be a good example to his brothers and sisters. And I told him…not to worry…I am not going anywhere. I am here for you, Hunter.
So, we sat there, and ate our pizza, and looked at the boats. And maybe, just maybe, life became a little easier for that little boy.
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.
Learn more about Allen.