This story was sent in by Dreamer, who was profoundly innocent for longer than you’d think possible.
I was in eighth grade and and we learned that Rivkah was an akarah for 20 years before she had Yaakov & Esav at the ripe old age of 23.
I raised my hand to ask the obvious (to me) question: “How could she have been an akarah for so long if you can’t even have kids until you’re 12?”
This was a perfectly innocent statement. I had no idea where babies came from or the significance of menarche. I was just repeating a fact I’d been told, probably by my mother when younger.
The teacher looked at me for a very. long. time. Then she ignored me and went on with her lesson.
I still think it’s a valid question.
Editor’s note: I never realized that Rivkah gave birth so young!