Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

October 16, 2007

Some days.


Some days you just need to take a break. You know the ones: those days when things are not really going the way you would like them to go; those days when you are tired after working hard and playing hard at school; those days when the OJ is all out in the fridge; those days when it rains for hours on end and you hate getting your shoes wet. Hang in there, buddy. Breaks are good.


  • 1.
    Robyn said…

    Simon is a really lucky kid.

  • 2.
    Lisa said…

    Breaks are always good to refuel.

  • 3.
    Lezlie said…

    I know how you feel, Simon. It’s tough being a kid sometimes. Even mommy’s & daddy’s need breaks, too. Even though you’re feeling down, I hope you things will get better. Hang in there, dude. :)

  • 4.
    Jess said…

    I could we relate since we are having a rough time here. I showed my son this post and he helped me write to Simon.
    You will feel better after you play with friends.
    Mark (age 5)
    I so agree break are good! Jess

  • 5.
    Jill said…

    So, the book you need to read today to Simon is… Alexander and the Terrible, HOrrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
    We all have those days. (unfortunately)

  • 6.
    slammie said…

    awwww, the picture says it all….

  • 7.
    Ksea Cantonwine said…

    AWWW. Poor Simon. Hang in there, Little Dude!

  • 8.
    Michelle W said…

    I can relate with your little guy. I wish I was the one having a break.

  • 9.
    suetreiber said…

    I pout on bad days too, Simon. Tomorrow will be a better one!

  • 10.
    Beth Deckard said…

    My first though was “awwww” as well.
    I have had a bad day since last Monday. I am looking for things to get better and I know they will. Hang in there, little guy.

  • 11.
    Marty said…

    how precious is that picture. remember the story. years down the road he will ask about it and you can have a great chat. God bless :)

  • 12.
    Barbara said…

    Very sweet. Good job, Simon, for taking a break when you need one (you too, Mama).

  • 13.
    valerie said…

    so much emotion in that photo..

  • 14.
    Laura Berry said…

    Hang in there, little buddy! We all have days when all we want is a break. =D

  • 15.
    shabbyVTchic said…

    A little respite, a little retreat away from those troubling details in life is often just what the soul needs. Be well, little guy.

  • 16.
    tracey said…

    aaah bless, hang in there Simon! The Grumps are not fun, but you know what they won’t be around for ever, I hope you find something to make you giggle soon.

  • 17.
    Anilu Magloire said…

    A ((hug)) for Simon all the way from Miami!!

  • 18.
    Stefanie said…

    I love the photograph and have to agree that we all wish we could have our own “time outs!”

  • 19.
    Holly T said…

    We have those moments around here too…my 5 year old goes to half day K…can’t imagine if he went to full day K…he’d be a mess by the time he got home!
    Gotta have a place to chill…sometimes you just have to vent a little and that is okay.

  • 20.
    Kaylea said…

    Simon. I totally understand. This is how my morning started.
    …then I treated myself to a cherry sprite;
    …and I found a purple pen refill that will fit my favorite pen (wow…what a find); and
    …someone just called to tell me they made me at treat as a surpise.
    Somedays, you need a time out. It makes the little things, (see above) so much nicer and happier.
    Hugs to you and mommy.
    Your friend

  • 21.
    Faith said…

    Oh, how I agree! Took one of those breaks myself today…treated myself to a much needed “me” day and had a massage! So worth just checking out for a short time!!
    And, I also agree with the book…Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, was one of my now 28 yr old son’s absolute favorites! Another he loved, if Simon is into trucks, was Big Joe’s Tractor Trailor Truck. His copy got so worn, was taped and taped, etc, etc. that we actually had to buy a second copy! Now his little 7 yr old has both of them…and loves them, too!

  • 22.
    Jill said…

    Simon I love you. I met your wonderful mom in Orlando last week and you are one very fortunate little guy. Take a break and feel good.

  • 23.
    Liz Ness said…

    Awww…I feel like that sometimes, too. When I was a kid, I used to go climb inside our lilac bushes and hang out for awhile. Things are always better after a break!

  • 24.
    Julia Budd said…

    I looked at Simon’s picture and immediately it reminded me – ‘just breathe’. That’ll do. Thanks for sharing.

  • 25.
    Jodi B. said…

    Awwwwww! *big hugs* to Simon.

  • 26.
    LisaZ said…

    Hang in there, big guy!

  • 27.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    the emotion in that photo is tremendous – sorry for the bad day Simon

  • 28.
    Jan Connair said…

    Poor little buddy! That is the cutest picture. Some days I feel exactly this, and I wish I could just go sit in a corner myself until the mood passes!

  • 29.
    Rebecca Shelor said…

    oh my this picture tugs at my heart… Lord I know how those days are buddy!

  • 30.
    SherryAnn said…

    Great photo of Simon. I know exactly how he feels in that picture. Wish I were sitting in the same spot.

  • 31.
    Lisa said…

    Ohhhh…Simon! It will get better!
    Hugs to you!

  • 32.
    Kelly said…

    That Photo says it all…Poor Simon, tomorrow will be better.
    Ali your the BEST Mom…

  • 33.
    Kelly said…

    That Photo says it all…Poor Simon, tomorrow will be better.
    Ali your the BEST Mom…

  • 34.
    Angie said…

    I agree with the “prescription” of the Alexander book. My college age kids often refer to their bad days as an Alexander day. We’ve read the book a lot in the past 20 years! I read it more than once a year to my third grade students, too. They need to know that bad days happen to everyone – even in Australia. :)

  • 35.
    Dalne said…

    Oh boy! Hugs and good thoughts for better days is being sent your way Simon. Lets make a happy list for you – Diego, Mamma and Dad, Online chats to Cathy, Fairy Wings, Singing your sunshine song to all of us etc. You have taken some big steps recently like big school and the big school bus so take your time to reflect and abosrb sweet boy. You are doing so well. We are proud of you and you inspire us.

  • 36.
    Sara said…

    I agree… breaks are definitely good. Hope yours was good for you Simon.

  • 37.
    Kelly said…

    this is so like my son, he has those days a lot…i love that you are not afraid to capture these moments with your camera. these are usually the moments i don’t capture and i guess i should as they are a part of our lives too.
    (((hugs))) for simon!

  • 38.
    Brittany said…

    Yea, a break sounds really good right now. I think I’ll take one too.
    Hey Ali, I don’t know if you saw this already, but there is a mini video about autism on yahoo’s main page. I know that you like to look at these types of things, so I thought you might be interested.

  • 39.
    Tex Hanna said…

    “A mother is only as happy as her unhappiest child” I hope your day gets better, Ali!

  • 40.
    Lanne said…

    Awww simon is this photo is so precious. The very essence of your feelings. YAY for mum for capturing it. Hope your day improves!

  • 41.

    Simon, thank you for sharing your mom with us this past weekend. Your mom is a cool DUDETTE who has so much to share and is really good at sharing her coolness. YOU are a cool DUDE for sharing her with us. Thanks again. Chin up Little Dude!

  • 42.

    Hang in there, Simon! [[[hugs}}}

  • 43.

    Hey, Simon…
    Even big people have to do the same thing sometimes. You’re a smart little guy to know to take a break. Sometimes grown ups forget.
    Jennifer :)

  • 44.
    Lisa L. said…

    I so understand Simon!

  • 45.
    Joy said…

    At our house, days like that call for an immediate reading of ‘Alexander’s No Good Very Bad Day’, breakfast for supper (of the kiddo’s choosing of course), and lots of snuggle time on the couch.

  • 46.
    bethy said…

    my five year old son had an absolute fit yesterday when he found out we were out of oj! we were sure to have some today. tell simon, joseph feels his pain, and not to worry, there will be another oj day :)

  • 47.
    Mary Rogers said…

    yep, we have lots of those days, cause some days are better than others.
    fabulously in the moment – Simon today photo Ali.
    thinking of you…..

  • 48.
    Tina said…

    Wonder is he was mad that you took this photo of him.
    I have a 5 year old also, who gets very upset with me when I take pictures of him crying or sulking.
    Best if doesn’t catch you.
    I need one. :)

  • 49.
    designergirl said…

    I just read Faith’s post about her 28 year-old’s favourite books. Our 28 year-old son loved Big Joe’s Tractor Trailer Truck too! The taping and re-taping and buying a new copy was exactly the same for us. Unfortunately(he loves children), he hasn’t a son of his own yet.
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was a library book that we borrowed more than once.

  • 50.
    margie said…

    had the best time with YOU (of course) CKU was great! Thank you for sharing Paolo with us…What a delight…love you…
    kiss kiss
    ps your book…amazing!

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