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A Fable about Insurance

After the committee listened to her story, the alluring Missy Prudence was selected as spokesperson for a commercial about the effectiveness of the Defense Protection Insurance Company, famous for its incomparable thirty-year guaranteed contract.

That morning of the taping, Missy Prudence began in a soft sincere voice, "My father, a most honorable and ethical man, decided on my fourteenth birthday that I should be provided some moral protection against the insidious, unholy, and unhealthy temptations of our day."

Missy paused and sipped from a glass of sparkling water while she surveyed the quiet audience of the packed room. Then, with a self-satisfied twist of her luscious lips, she continued, "Father looked around for the very best. He was that kind of father. And this I'm telling you straight. Father studied every ad offered on every medium, popular, modern, up-to-date, or not. Newspapers, AM and FM radio, public and cable television, social media with all its insignificant variety, Father checked them all for an efficient company that would keep its 'paid for' promise of protection."

Without removing her gaze from her notes on the rostrum, Missy Prudence paused again and aerated her lungs by way of a deep inhalation. Then face flushed from the charge, she said with rising stridency, "Father's choice was Defense Protection Insurance Company, and I have to admit he chose well. For here before you is a forty-four year-old virgin who, try as she might, cannot rid herself of the burden of that label; all due to Father's country-gentleman's brogue. You see, that dammed form-filling secretary misheard 'personal' as another much more shall I say 'of-the-flesh' and intimate word.

"So here we are!"

Moral: Words, well said or not, have consequence.