Ever made camu camu cupcakes? Well, this post isn’t about that. It will be at least eight years till I can harvest the fruit, provided the sprouting seeds actually survive and later thrive. But, as usual, I am hopeful. And just so you know, Myrciaria dubia, or camu camu (or, if you are still unsatisfied, cacari), is the fruit with the highest vitamin C content ever measured. I even puts acerola to shame (I’m growing acerola too, but more on that some other day).
And so this post is only tangentially about cupcakes or, for that matter, camu camu. It’s actually about another sort of seed, which has sprouted into another drabble (i.e., a 101 word story).
You can read it here.
I am providing a few notes on the text (for those who are interested). Another picture of Myrciaria dubia (or camocamo, but that’s my last offer) provides a buffer, allowing you to read the story first without spoilers. And do keep in mind that an author’s explication is usually all but worthless and probably wrong.
Cupcake is a very very (camu camu) short story about bullying in school. Cupcake is used as a term of endearment and so the opening line is somewhat deceptive. One automatically assumes a romantic relationship and that the electricity felt by the unnamed male character has to do with the kiss. Mothers are ever-loving, but voluptuous? Here we have an Oedipal drama unfolding.
Oedipus was fated to marry his mother and unwittingly murder his father. The father is seen as a rival. Is the boy buddy buddy (camu camu) with his father? Is this why the schoolyard bully is ironically called Buddy? In the Oedipal complex, the father is seen as a rival for the attention of the mother. Buddy certainly seems to play that role (being a projection of the father in the boy’s mind). Freud saw this rivalry as a crucial stage in the normal developmental process (no wonder he was always in therapy!).
Nonetheless, the boy is left to deal with his own problems. He is frustrated (and children are always frustrated in silence, as they cannot articulate their feelings properly) that his mother seems to think that the whole solution to his problem is simply to not give his cupcake away (to Buddy, as some sort of protection money). The boy feels the bullying at a visceral level and cannot understand why his mother is dismissive of the anguish he feels. This is why the story ends so matter-of-factly.