My friends’ pet passed away today. Tov was his name. Tov was a hedgehog, and Tov will be missed.
Kel and Leanne Penny are Tov’s parents, and they are wondeful, loving parents.
How do I know this? Because their love of Tov exceeds rational behavior.
Tov was not very old, but he was a cherished and beloved member of the Penny family, and by extension beloved by all who love the Pennys. Why would we love Tov? Because love like the Pennys is contagious.
As Leanne wrote on her very heartfelt and moving post, “the Pennys don’t just love, we love the lives we come in contact with, deep and hard. It hurts us badly sometimes but we love you with this same love and this is something to be celebrated.” As one who has experienced and seen this love, I can testify to the validity of this statement, and this manner of loving. It is a love that we too often are afraid of experiencing, let alone giving. Leanne and Kel may not be understood by some. They may not understand why they would spend more on a hedgehog than rent in one month, no matter the reason, but that is the misunderstanding of unconditional love by those people; those unfortunate souls who have not experienced the receiving and giving of such a love.
I may be rambling, but I felt moved to share this story of my friends and their Tov. You can read about the Pennys and Tov here. You can see for yourselves that even in a world like ours, there are still people like the Pennys who remind us that we are all worthy and deserving of love beyond reason, beyond measure, beyond understanding, beyond worth. Even hedgehogs. Especially hedgehogs. Loving the little things makes the moments.
So thank you, dear friends, for bravely loving and making no excuses. Tov will always have a special place in our hearts.