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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.  

Our First Man-to-Man

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.

Our First Man-to-Man

Allen Arseneau

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.

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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