What piece of wisdom does Morley end up taking away from her experience(s) with Emil?


Being homeless isn’t the exactly an ideal place to be in any society. When we hear the words “homeless person”, we usually think about the people who sit on the sidewalks downtown, wearing rags and begging for money, only to use that money for drugs and alcohol. Sometimes I feel bad about it, but unfortunately, that is a stereotype that has been in my mind ever since I’ve learned what homelessness was. Morley, however, has a different set of lenses she views the world through. In Stuart McLean’s “Emil”, Morley learns that compassion within can bring the best out of a person’s soul regardless of the body they come in. Emil is a homeless person, yet Morley treats him the same as she would for anyone. Her sense of equality towards Emil is shown when she says, “He is not driving away business” (109) to her husband, Dave when he expressed annoyance at Emil being around his store. Emil is seen rummaging through a neighbour’s garden in the middle of the night. Most people’s instinct would be to act out of fear or anger, but Morley says, “Hello, Emil, I see you’re doing some gardening” (109). She greets him with kind words rather than lashing at him or calling the police. Emil shows that his efforts and time is put into something others can enjoy with him. He has an intrinsic ability to share joy no matter what place he is in, such as creating a library or a community garden. He does what he can with what he has – for others, without seeking greed. Many people are quick to judge a person’s inside intentions solely based on the body they’re in. Perhaps Emil, who spreads joy for others, and Morley, who can see the good in anyone is a true definition of friendship.