Straight Lines

urbanrainIt’s really hard to draw straight lines freehand. I can’t do it. I start out ok, but then, pretty soon, my pencil starts to rise or fall, or both. All my freehand lines wind up being curves. That’s why I need a ruler. Rulers are for making your lines truly straight.

The only thing is, it’s not that easy to learn how to follow a ruler. It can take a child quite a while to get the hang of it. It’s more than just simple drawing now. You can’t just put pencil to paper and take off. Now it’s a matter of drawing and leaning at the same time. You’ve got to lean your pencil back against the ruler AND draw it forward across the page all at once. The point of the pencil’s got to stay in constant contact with the ruler–constant contact all the way across the page.

It’s not easy. It’s not what comes naturally. Curves are what come naturally. If you want a straight line, though, there’s just no other choice. Rulers are the source of straightness. Only a ruler can make your lines truly straight.

Conclusion? The only way to draw a straight line is to use a ruler. It will take awhile to get the hang of it. Later, even after you learn how, you may suddenly find your lines wobbling again. You may suddenly find them suffering from too much rushing forward and not enough leaning. You may have to go back to square one, but it’s worth it. Keep learning to lean on the ruler. The results are beautiful, perfect, a wonder of good teamwork.

Clearly, I’m the pencil and You’re the ruler, Jesus. My lines are a disaster without You.