|"Band of iris-flowers|
above the waves,
you are painted blue,
painted like a fresh prow
stained among the salt weeds."
-- Hilda Doolitte
Drum roll please! Announcing the color for 2008 as determined by Pantone - blue iris. As I heard on the radio this evening, it is a color considered soothing but with a touch of mystery. It is the tiny dash of purple to the blue that adds the mystic. Didn't you know?!
Honestly, I do wonder how these pronouncements come to be. It is said to be culturally based, so does that mean there is a different color of the year in France or Zimbabwe? My color fav of the moment is orange in all forms from coral to paprika to pumpkin . A zippy happy color in my opinion and one to take me through the dreary dark days of winter. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against blue iris, but it doesn't do for me what a dash of clementine does.
According to my nephew, color is for the birds. Literally. He pronounced upon seeing Josie that she is the exact color of a house wren.
My new holiday socks? "They are the color of a barn swallow's throat, of course." Guess what color the throat of a barn swallow is? Never mind that my nephew is only 6 and just a tad precocious. I had to look up both and he was a 100% accurate.