Have you heard about the Funky Foto Flashback hosted by Bex over at Adventures of the Grigg Boys? It’s pretty darn cool.

Growing up in Clearwater, my brothers and I spent countless hours at the beach digging for lost treasures. This picture looks like it was taken at Honeymoon Island or the Dunedin Causeway but we dug wherever we went. I was always so envious of the guys with metal detectors and really wanted one of my own.

We once dug up a plastic baggy with a syringe on it, I was probably only four or five at the time. My brother and I were SO excited to show my mom the cool needle we found but she lost her shit and started crying when her kids brought her someone’s heroin stash. Good times. Also, that kickass car is not ours, we had a brown Chevy van (which was much cooler).



  1. Jessica

    I would have flipped if that was Phoebe. Your poor mother.

  2. Andrea

    I can imagine how excited you were. You’d hit the jackpot of cool stuff. Yeah, I think I would have completely freaked the heck out if my kids brought me that.

    That car does rock.

    This event looks fun.

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  3. ck

    I remember how excited I was when I found this teeny, tiny glass vile on the beach. I had all sorts of plans for the adventures we’d have together. My mom also flipped her sh*t and my new friend found its way to the nearest trashcan. Such a sad day…

    cks last blog post..why parenting is like an underage house party

  4. K

    I’d had lost it too.

    Poor mom.

    Ks last blog post..Welcome Sistas!

  5. sherendipity

    Damn it, I wondered where I put that!!


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  6. Kyooty

    Yike, the beaches we went to were a bit tamer we’d just find beer bottles or broken glass from beer bottles.

    Kyootys last blog post..I’ll be "all over the world" Great Googly !

  7. feener

    sounds the start of a great mystery

    feeners last blog post..Easy bake oven

  8. Sprite's Keeper

    Oh, hell. I think I take after your mom. I would have lost my shit too.

  9. Peggy

    Such a cute little blondie poo!

    I think I’ll plant some treasures on the beach for my kids to find…fun! (no needles though…yikes!)

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  10. Robin

    What, the Gremlin wasn’t yours? Bummer!

    Robins last blog post..Wordful Wednesday

  11. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    We used to go camping at the beach every summer growing up – it was so much fun digging for ‘treasure’ in the sand, but we never found anything cool like you did! 😉 Of course if we had, my parents would have totally freaked out, too… 🙂

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  12. mrsbear

    Heroin needles are just cause to lose your shit. Puts all those cigarette butts Elliot was digging up in to perspective. Check out the tan on those kids!

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  13. jenni

    good times.

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  14. bex

    look at you tan little beach combers!

    that’s pretty scary that you found a needle! its amazing that children survive at all given all the countless things they get into.

    bexs last blog post..FFF: Too Cool For School, 80’s Throwback

  15. HeatherPride

    What I find most amazing of all is that tan your brother has!!!

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  16. Captain Dumbass

    Holy shit! Is that a Pacer back there?

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  17. Christy

    OMG–I would’ve lost my shit too! Thank god you didn’t decide to take it out & play with it before you brought her the goods!

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  18. Cameron

    The brown car was probably owned by some nice man that was offering you candy in exchange for getting in the car.

    Camerons last blog post..Daddy Score

  19. Ginny Marie

    Beachcombing helps make the best summer vacations! Your picture brings back memories…only our beach was on Lake Huron. The swimming could be a little cold.

    Ginny Maries last blog post..Funky Foto Flashback: Four Generations

  20. Fantastic Forrest

    I saw your comment at Suburban Matron and came to check out your blog. Anyone who calls those who diss Al Gore “stupidheads” is someone I want to know better.

    You have some funny stories here! And Graham and Elliot are very cute. VERY cute. So here are my questions for today: is the baby on the drums Elliot or someone else? And do you think she’ll get curls like Graham? I await your reply.

    I love taking the kids to the beach, but sadly, the water here is too cold for swimming. No heroin needles so far, but we’ll keep an eye out. Scary!

    Fantastic Forrests last blog post..Hitting the Trail to a New Destination

  21. Anne

    The photo is adorable! I would have loved finding a needle on the beach as a kid, but as a mom, would totally lose my shit (and try to work out some way to sterilize the kids.

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  22. Keely

    Gah! That’s frightening. I used to long for a metal detector of my own, too…

    Keelys last blog post..My Secret Garden is not very secret

  23. Lydia @ On The Verge

    Hope you enjoy the day. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  24. Lisa (Jonny's Mommy)

    I would have lost my shit too. Not that I say shit, but I still would have lost it. Holy crap! Poor kids…but at least your mom didn’t use it later. That could have been bad. Did I just write that? Oh it’s been a looong week. Sorry.

    Lisa (Jonny’s Mommy)s last blog post..Come. . . walk with me in toddler hell

  25. Zip_n_Tizzy

    I spent more than my fair share of time trying to figure out how to get a metal detector when I was a kid.

    Never got one.

    Nothing quite like finding used needles or used condoms at the beach. Haven’t these people ever heard of Pack Your Trash?

  26. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

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  27. GreenJello

    Oooohhhhh….I always wanted a metal detector, too. I would dream of all the cool things I’d do with it (besides getting filthy rich from all the money I found with it).

    GreenJellos last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

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