What Can Fruit Flies Teach Us About Life Insurance?

I often marvel at how fast my kids (ages 13, 12, 10 and 10) are growing up. When I sort though photos of their early years, it sometimes feels like it was just yesterday that they began to crawl or utter their first words. Of course that’s not the case – but what if it was. What if everything we experienced in our lifetime, from our own childhood, to marriage, kids, retirement and even death was condensed from years into only a few short days?

It may be hard to imagine, but such is the life of a fruit fly. They’re known for their famously short lives. The average life span of a fruit fly is a mere 30 days. So why am I educating you about fruit-fly mortality on a blog intended to shed light about issues related to human mortality? Well…because we at the LIFE Foundation believe there’s a lot that we humans can learn from fruit flies when it comes to protecting the ones you love with life insurance. Fruit flies are born knowing that life is short. So when it comes to life insurance, they act right away. By contrast, we humans love to procrastinate, especially when it comes to things like life insurance.

Ok, so I know what you’re probably thinking. Do fruit flies really need life insurance? Well I’m glad you asked. Yes, they do. In fact, they need it more than most humans. I bet you didn’t realize that female fruit flies can lay up to 400 eggs at a time. That’s a lot of fruit-fly mouths to feed. Human families may not be quite that large, but it only takes one – one person who depends on you financially or otherwise – for you to need life insurance.

For a fuller glimpse into the world of fruit flies, go to www.insureyourlove.org. There you’ll find a series of funny videos featuring LIFE’s newest life-insurance power couple, fruit flies Frank and Fran. In addition to learning a thing or two about life insurance, you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked fruit-fly questions. Let us know what you think here on the blog or on our Facebook wall.

As our fruit-fly friends illustrate, time really does (eh-hem) fly. If there are people in your life who would suffer financially if you were to die in the next 30 days, don’t procrastinate. Speak with a life insurance professional who can help determine if you need life insurance to protect the ones you love.

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