We live in a time and place where we can take our privileges for granted. We get frustrated when there’s traffic or when the line for coffee is too long. When we see someone who is less of us, we often turn our noses and refrain from acknowledging them as a person. Morley is different. Morley chooses to believe there is more to someone that what meets the eye. In Stuart Mclean’s Emil, Morley befriends Emil, a man who is described as “bearded and dirty, wild and crazy”(109). Everyone in the town finds Emil a bit strange but that doesn’t stop Morley from giving Emil a helping hand, even if he didn’t always want it. Through leaving “the sandwich she had bought for him on the top of the garbage can corner”, buying flowers to help Emil build his garden and all the small deeds in between, Morley learns that to give is to receive (110). No one in Morley’s family gives Emil a second thought before ridiculing him as retarded or stupid, but Morley is persistent and stays true to her own values. Even when she’s angry because Emil was stealing plants from other people’s garden she simply asked, “Is that for your garden, Emil?”, rather than yelling at him (115). Morley is patient and kind with Emil and try’s to understand why he is doing what he is doing before she jumps to conclusions. Emil doesn’t forget these actions. When he wins the lottery, contrary to Dave’s belief that he would waste it on cigarettes and lottery tickets, he “[gives] it to his regulars – people who [give] him money. Or [stop] to talk to him” (118). However, this isn’t the only way that Emil gives back. He builds little gardens and started a small library, trying to give back to his community in the best way he could. Not only does he find simple joys in life, but he also returns favors that the people in the community give him. Morley learns from Emil that giving doesn’t always have to be through materialistic measures, giving could simply mean planting flowers for someone you care for.