Chris Broussard, with tears in her eyes, speaks of her late husband, their lives together, building this earth home, having their son, and how now, she feels broken.
Chris Broussard, with tears in her eyes, speaks of her late husband, their lives together, building this earth home, having their son, and how now, she feels broken.

Christine “Chris” Broussard, born in France to military parents, is an artist, educator, and recent widow. She was raised in and out of France and the U.S. and the influences are reflected in her open heart, mind, and colorful language.

The liberation she feels dances with the realization that she has "few f*@#s left to give" while time is not on her side. Chris smiles a lot, with a ready laugh. In the 43 years Chris was married to Rick, her best friend, muse, and biggest supporter, they created many things including one son, Ben, and the first earth home in Louisiana, 1900 square feet. Rick died 10 months ago.

In between the laughter and affection she shares so willingly, “broken” is how Chris feels. Without Rick it is easier to look back instead of forward. Among the many expressions of Chris's drive to create something better, she opened the first integrated after school enrichment center with instructional art in Minden, LA, US, and taught thousands of children the joy of creative expression as a co-founder of Cultural Crossroads, the one and only 501C arts agency in Webster Parish. An Angel Award from Blue Cross Blue Shield and a Governor’s Award for Promotion of the Arts also underscored her achievements. Death is not Chris Broussard's concern. How she dies, is. May it be gentle and swift.

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How does it feel to be 72?

Being 72 feels liberating. No one to impress because I accomplished all I wanted to do before I was 72. Now, I really have few f**#s left to give.

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What do you look forward to?

Initially, my response was "nothing". Then after I thought about the significance of this question, a second answer emerged. I realise that all my previous work is gone now. My work here is done.

I want to live in a way where the time I have left is spent on me.

I feel somewhat fearless and I plan to go out with a song and a smile. And between now and then, I will make some art. I made a decision to relocate from Louisiana to Washington state, near Seattle where I have dear friends. It is time to move.

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What is your biggest concern?

My greatest concern isn't death but how I die is. I hope not to linger in pain.

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Life expectancy 2023

79.74
years
United States

About the photographer

Mary Catherine Rollo

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Mary Catherine Rollo has decades of photographic experience. Her images have been published and collected in the UK, Canada, Sweden, and the USA. The focus of stopping time, a photographic capture, produces a creative force that motivates her and brings her joy.

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