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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.  

Hiking & Pizza

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.

Hiking & Pizza

Allen Arseneau

Yesterday was Christmas, and Hunter (like all kids) needed to get out of the house today.  So we went for a super nice hike up into the Blue Hills.  The weather has been unseasonable warm, today it was about 45 degF.  We put on our sweaters, and adventured in the woods.  Hunter told me all about how if he could have the powers of animals, he would combine a tiger, a peregrine falcon, a polar bear, and a gorilla.  He would be one formidable 8 year old boy if he had the power of these 4 animals!  He explained to me how peregrine falcons could reach upwards of 200 mph when diving for their food.  That is mighty fast.  So, what does this creature that Hunter dreamt up look like......

A gor-iger-polalcon

A gor-iger-polalcon

We decided that today would be a pizza day, so headed to Papa Gino’s.  After doing some tag-team Pac-Man (I haven’t played it in years, but it was a blast), Diana met us there right as the pizza came out.  It was just a ton of fun, and such a break from being indoors. 

Some days are pizza days

Some days are pizza days

Next outing may have to be a trip to Harvard’s museums so that we can see some of Hunter’s spirit animals.   

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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