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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.  

BBBS Holiday Party – a full circle

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.

BBBS Holiday Party – a full circle

Allen Arseneau

Hunter and I went to the annual Big Brother Big Sister Holiday Party.  It was at this party last year that I decided to become a Big.  So, coming this year with Hunter really completes a full circle.  We had a blast.  The party was at the Boston University Fitness Center.  There was a rock wall, cookie decorating, an obstacle course, basketball, pizza and cookies.  And even a few raffles – 2 lucky matches got to do the Top 40 countdown with Kiss 108.  Would’ve been awesome, but we didn’t win. 

Cookie decorating - fun and delicious

Cookie decorating - fun and delicious

As we were leaving, I mentioned to Hunter that I went to this party last year.  He was confused: “they had this party last year?”.  I told him that the party is every year.  To this he stopped and said “every year?  This party is every year?  Can we go next year?”.  I laughed.   Yes Hunter, we can go next year.  He was happy.

Then, I took him to my all-time favorite chocolate place in the world – L.A. Burdick Chocolate.  This place has the best hot chocolate in the world.  It’s drinking chocolate, not “hot chocolate”.  Very intense and very adult.  And amazing.  I would HIGHLY recommend it.  They also have chocolate mice, chocolate penguins, chocolate cigars, and lots of other amazing chocolate treats.

LA Burdicks hot chocolates are amazing

LA Burdicks hot chocolates are amazing

When I brought Hunter home, he gave me the best high five ever.  Definitely a milestone. 

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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