Forgive Me Flubber

Let’s talk about forgiveness. How do you forgive someone who hurt you and continues to hurt you? Is there a point where you say, “No more,” and walk away? Does forgiveness have to mean you forget? As I’d mentioned in a previous blog entry, my self-discovery journey began because of a guy. He wasn’t a bad guy if I am being honest with myself. He treated me well and was incredibly kind and selfless…up until it ended. I had never felt a door slam so hard on a relationship that the wind was completely knocked out of me. What was once a warm, safe place to land became a dark abyss filled with invisible ticking time bombs. How do you forgive someone for tearing you apart from the inside out?

My Disney movie project lead me to this reflective place while I took part in a Flubber-a-thon this week. I began with the 1961 The Absent Minded Professor followed by the 1963 Son of Flubber featuring the ever warm and delightful Fred MacMurray. In comparison, his 1997 Flubber counterpart, Robin Williams, brings the same warmth and kindness to the character of Professor Brainard as MacMurray – may they both rest in paradise.

Absent minded Professor Brainard, who, through his dedication to science and mankind, develops a flying, rubbery substance to help save his small college from financial ruin. Unfortunately, the professor’s scattered behavior creates a mishap with his fiancée, Sarah, by becoming so engulfed in his work that he forgets their wedding…three times. Sarah of course forgives Brainard after he wins her back with his endearing charm and flying, rubbery miracle. They live happily ever after by literally flying off into the sunset. It’s not only a heart-warming  story of geeky-guy-gets-girl, but it is so smartly adapted from the novel that Disney fans of all ages would enjoy these films.

I found myself relating primarily to Sarah’s plight. How could she forgive someone who doesn’t make her a priority in that way? How could she not want more for herself? Professor Brainard was not a bad man by any means; his focus was just elsewhere. I think the conclusion I’ve come to is that forgiveness is not something you do for another person; it is something you do for yourself. You don’t provide forgiveness because the other person deserves it; you provide it because you do. Grudges and anger only blacken your heart and turn your soul into a jaded one. Forgiveness sets you free from that pain by allowing you to let go. However, just because you forgive someone, it doesn’t mean you have to forget. Instead, you just grow a little wiser from the experience.

On a lighter note…a much lighter note in fact. I hunted to try and find an edible flubber-like recipe. The only thing I came across was glow in the dark gak. Remember that stuff? However, gak…not so edible. I thought about what kind of foods might be similar to flubber and then it hit me: Jell-O! Simple and from a box, yes, but there are so many possibilities with Jell-O. And…It is rubbery and wiggles.  Below is a layered Jell-O recipe from The First Year: Cooking &Crafting that took about three days to make. The recipe takes about 11-12 hours total…but ain’t nobody got time for that. Despite the length of time it took to make this delicious, low calorie dessert, it was worth it and a perfect fit for the Flubber-a-thon.

Layered Strawberry Jello Cup
Layered Strawberry Jello Cup from The First Year: Cooking & Crafting
Ingredients
  • 5 packages of Strawberry Jello mix
  • Water
  • 2 cups of Cool Whip (I used fat free), plus more for topping
  • strawberries, to top each parfait
Directions
  1. Layer 1: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  2. Layer 2: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Add in 1 cup of cool whip, and stir until mixed. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using, layering on top of the previous jello layer. Separation may occur, causing a lighter and darker layer. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  3. Layer 3: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  4. Layer 4: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Add in 1 cup of cool whip, and stir until mixed. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using, layering on top of the previous jello layer. Separation may occur, causing a lighter and darker layer. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  5. Layer 5: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  6. Before serving top each parfait with cool whip and a strawberry. (I’ve learned if you cut the strawberry in half and place it cut-side-down on the whip topping, it gives the allusion that it is a whole strawberry, but it will lay evenly on the cool whip)

Below is my attempt. It looks pretty similar, but the most difficult part of this was getting the layers right. some layers were thicker than others. However, it was still delicious even if it is not the prettiest.

Jello Cup

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