by Chris Kurtz
Flora is a pig – a runt at that. But Flora has big dreams and longs for adventure. She isn’t willing to give up no matter where her efforts take her. ” With a heart born for adventure and hooves stuck in a pen, Flora couldn’t help thinking that trouble might be a good thing. ” As a piglet on a farm that raises sled dogs, Flora wants nothing more than to take her place in the line of dogs pulling a sled.
Her best friend on the farm, Luna the cat, tells Flora that the adventures she seeks are nothing but trouble; and trouble will find her whether she looks for it or not. Flora doesn’t shy away from trouble and she isn’t interested in following the rules. She isn’t one to do something because it has always been that way – and because of that Flora travels to the South Pole. Also, because of that Flora doesn’t realize why a pig is going to the South Pole… along with the chickens and cows. Thanks to rat-catching lessons from Luna, Flora can assist her new cat-friend Sophia and make herself useful to everyone. She likes being useful this way, but she is certain there is more for her to do. Flora believes she on a ship headed for the South Pole because she has been called to help the sled dogs – it is all she has ever wanted to do. How could there be any other reason? Everyone seems to know the answer to that question but Flora. And yet, when tragedy strikes, the whole crew counts itself lucky to have such a courageous pig along. Flora is totally unique – her maxims: don’t ever give up, take advice along the way if it helps, be a friend when you can and begin a new dream with every challenge guide her through her trek.
Flora has spunk and determination. She works hard. She comes close to giving up. She comes close to doing what everyone else expects her to do, but in the end she believes in herself enough and she believes in what she can do for others. Flora is a pig with dreams. She works hard to hold on to them. Because of her friends, she doesn’t give up. Flora has a lot to teach us. As the 2014 approaches I wish that could be true for all of us – to follow our dreams and make a difference no matter what.