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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.  

Sea kayaking & Father's Day

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.

Sea kayaking & Father's Day

Allen Arseneau

I introduced Hunter to the world of sea kayaking today.  The kid was hooked instantly.  Holy smokes was it fun.  And, by end of the 3 hours of paddling around, he was able to control the kayak himself.  I knew he could.  It won’t be long before he is paddling his own kayak. 

Of course, we had the obligatory splash fight while paddling.  Even Hunter got the hang of purposefully splashing me while he would paddle.  It’s a good skill to develop, I told him.  :)

On the drive home, I asked him what he wanted to do next week.  “Kayaking please!”   Awesome!

Check out Hunter - first time sea kayaking!

Check out Hunter - first time sea kayaking!

When I got home, I had a Father's Day surprise waiting for me.  My daughter and I went to a daddy-daughter dance at the YMCA.  She surprised me with her very grown-up-looking purse full of snacks.  It was perfect. 

My little girl taking me to the ball!  Happy Father's Day.  

My little girl taking me to the ball!  Happy Father's Day.  

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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