Yes, it is truly a grey day. The snow is gone, and the resulting cold and drizzle...grey. The elections are over, and the results are black (same silly coalition government, which still includes the anti-immigration party) and white (the party I would have voted for if I could vote doubled their mandates), blending to form...grey. My posts feel as if they are getting more and more mundane and...grey. Life is going well, but things are still somewhat stalled and...grey.
Now, before this is accidentally misread, let me add that grey is, and for a very long time (at least since my early teenage years, maybe longer) has been, my favorite color. According to what I remember of my grandmother's old copy of Faber Birren's Color in Your World (now languishing in a box in a shed in California, awaiting eventual rescue), grey is a color that denotes seriousness. I recall reading something about grey being particularly attractive to older people who had put the adventuring and excitement of their younger days behind them. This stuck in my mind when I first read it as I didn't feel particulary old for a 12 year old. Serious, maybe a bit.
This book may have made such a mark because I don't hear much talk of grey otherwise. I have heard that grey is the new black. Thor brings up the point that grey is good for camoflauge if you're hiking in the forest in high altitudes or very rocky areas. It's apparently also good for hiding at night.
I like grey because of how it's nuanced. Its range seems somehow more extreme than that of other colors. Light blue and dark blue are different, of course, but light grey and dark grey are almost black and white. Or perhaps black and white are merely very dark and very light grey? But then again, black and white are not subtle in the way that shades of grey can be.
Grey matches anything and everything. It's the misty day, it's wolves, it's the stormy ocean or the mountains. It's elegant and sophisticated, yet it's granny's home-knit cardigan. It's seriously underappreciated, overshadowed by those extroverts red and orange. It's beautiful.
*photo credit, http://www.castiastone.com/colors/index.php*