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Westporters Find Enjoyment, Beauty in Snow

When you're snowed in with three teenagers, doing nothing is out of the question. That's why Westport mom Elizabeth Juviler did what she could to keep her three teens not only busy, but amused, on Wednesday.

"There was a lot of shoveling out," the past president of the Westport Young Woman's League said Wednesday night via phone interview. "We also built a snowman, which we're pretty proud of, and have been watching movies. With three teens, you do what you can."

Sure, making an oversized snowman and watching movies all day are teen-friendly activities, but shoveling? That's hardly an enjoyable activity for a teen. Heck, it's not an enjoyable activity for adults.

So how did Elizabeth get her kids to help shovel the driveway? As any parent of a teenager knows, teens don't often volunteer for hard labor, unless they are getting something out of it.

"I told then I would make them waffles if they came outside and helped," Elizabeth laughed. "They did, and I made them their waffles."

Elizabeth said it took them about three or four hours to clear the snow. Well, that's how long they were outside, but it wasn't all work and no play, she admitted.

"The thing about snow is you actually get to be a kid again," she said. "As adults, it's not often we get to go out and do that, so I took advantage of being able to be a kid today."

For Westporter Tom Broadbent, there wasn't much playing in the snow. The director of Expense Reduction Analysts, Tom works from home, so his snow day was just another work day.

Though he didn't build a snowman or go sledding with his two kids, Tom said he still enjoyed the snow.

"It makes everything look so nice," he said, adding that, being from Utah, he doesn't mind the snow. "What I don't like is when everything melts and the grass underneath is brown."

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