Sweet Little Nothings
The tiny town of Millville was going green.
It all began with Mr. Radcliffe, the high school science teacher. Mr. Radcliffe, or Super Rad, as many of his students had begun to call him, was quite a character. He had a big mop of curly grey hair atop his head, big "bottle can" glasses, and always wore bright neon ties. And he was always eating little Andes chocolate mint squares. There was a big jar of them in his desk, and he often gave them out to students who raised their hands and answered questions correctly.
Mr. Super Rad was quite a well-known character around town, and everywhere he went, he never missed an opportunity to talk about the importance of recycling. "After all," he would say as he happily sorted through people’s piles of old newspapers and bottles, "what could be more important than saving the earth?" In his classroom, there were 4 bins: one for all trash, one for paper, one for plastic, and one just for the wrappers from his Andes candies.
"Someday, I’ll find a use for these," he would mutter to himself as he tossed one in from his desk.
The people of Millville began to listen to his advice about the environment, and soon the results were evident. Recycling bins next to every trash can. More people riding bicycles than ever before. An organic farmers market every Saturday at the park. They even began planning for a "Go Green" party at the town hall. Immediately, they decided that the guest of honor would be Mr. Fabio Radcliffe, and the theme would be of his favorite treat: candy.
In addition to plentiful piles of little Andes mints, the party decorations included hanging green M&Ms tins and Green & White Swirly Pops on the wall. Mr. Radcliffe was truly touched, but it was his students’ surprise project, presented at the end of the night, that nearly brought him to tears.
It was a complete candy eco-system. Green rock candy formed the ground; gummi frogs jumped across a lake of liquid candy. And in the background, a landscape of snowy mountains formed from hundreds of the Andes chocolate wrappers from Mr. Radcliffe’s bin.
"This is…super rad!" he exclaimed with delight.