PHILADELPHIA – It was a typical Friday morning for sixteen-year-old Anna and her mother, Ellen, with the two arguing about Anna cutting class. Things soon took a freaky turn when they both wished for the other to know what it’s like to be them, leading the mother and daughter to switch bodies for the day.
On the body switch, teenager Anna stated, “being fifty-years-old is a nightmare. I was hot one minute, cold the next, and I cried over a Kay Jewelers commercial. It was like puberty, but instead of pimples I just had sores on my feet. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I honestly missed being on my period, it beats carpal tunnel.” When asked if this experience will change how she treats her mother, Anna said, “Ugh, I guess. I’ll stop calling her bipolar now, I’ll just call her menopausal instead.”
Ellen was excited to live life as a teenager again. On the experience, Ellen said, “It was so great being able to bend down again without cracking my knees. I dropped a pencil and I didn’t even groan or wince.” When asked if this experience will change how she treats her daughter, Ellen said, “I didn’t know high school was so hard. Letters in math, milk with pizza for lunch, all awful combinations. No wonder she ditches school, even I ditched.”
Ellen and Anna both claim that this experience has shaped their dynamic until they got in another fight the next Friday and both wished for the other to walk a mile in their shoes.