My kids are Dr. Who fans so the topic of time travel is a fairly regular occurrence. Sort of out of the blue, I ended up having one of my favorite conversations ever with them.
M: I wish I could travel through time. I would go back to your middle (junior high) school. I would be your best friend.
My heart melted.
A: Oh! I would want to go back, too. I want to ice skate with you. We would have so much fun.
Yes, we would.
M: We'd get in trouble together. That would be awesome.
We get in trouble now. That's not enough?
No, sometimes you're like a regular parent. It would be different if we were the same age.
I wonder if my 13 year old girls would like the 13 year old me. I wasn't as smart as they are. Or rather, I was smart in a different way. I have good common sense/street smarts. They are book smart. I hope I would teach them about music. I also hope I wouldn't teach them to smoke, which I did with a few other kids in the bike shed where I grew up. I'd probably have done better in school - the three of us would be competitive. I do know we'd have a tremendous amount of fun.