In an episode of Frasier, both Frasier and his brother Niles stand salivating over a can of black market Beluga caviar that they procured from a rather unsavory character who beguiled them into buying his wares at a cheaper rate than what they normally pay to their regular vendor. With the anticipation and enthusiasm of three-year-olds, they dip into the holy grail of caviar. Shuddering with sheer delight, Niles utters, “It’s like being kissed by a lusty mermaid,” while nearly collapsing in ecstasy.
In their moment of elated bliss, the brothers Crane transcend beyond the physical realm into one of complete joy, not worrying about anything or anyone around them as they each place a spoonful of heaven into their mouths. If the world had ended, they would not have known it.
When such moments sweep us away, we know that we have been touched by something extraordinary and otherworldly. Once touched, we find ourselves yearning to be touched by that “something” again...and again... Such moments are the pearls in the strand of life, moments when we make a connection to something much larger than ourselves, one that holds everything together. Such is a moment of spiritunity.
For the brothers Crane, Beluga caviar opened a divine door that transported them beyond themselves, if only temporarily. For us, though, caviar may or may not lead to the avenue of transcendence, but whatever it is, may it allow us to “taste” the Divine one spoonful at a time.