One of the most important skills I have learned has been to clean my ears. Learning to clean my ears effectively has taken a lot of practice and Q-tips. The skill of ear cleaning has been passed down to me from a long line of clean eared family members. I first acquired this important skill at the age of 5 and have since mastered it as an adult. Three tasks that I have had to address to master this skill were properly wetting the Q-tip, knowing how far to put the Q-tip in my ear, and completing the clean sweep of ear wax. Wetting a Q-tip may sound simple, but knowing just how much liquid to leave on the Q-tip before placing it inside the ear was a challenge for me. I would soak the Q-tip in water or alcohol and have a hard time removing the wax from my ears. It took several years for me to understand the all I needed to do was to simply wet the Q-tip just enough so that the cotton would not stick to the wax in my ears. I was so excited when I figured out how to wet the Q-tip just right. This step was the first in mastering the skill of cleaning my ears. Depth perception was the most important step I had to control and understand. This skill was and sometimes is the most challenging of the three steps I had to learn. If I stuck the Q-tip in too far, I would hurt myself. If I did not stick the Q-tip in far enough, I did not complete the task. Knowing how to steady my hand and slowly navigate the Q-tip in circular motion was a task in itself. My clean eared family members taught me to make sure that I did not irritate my ear drum. Doing so would cause serious damage and would result in severe pain. Practicing for years would help to shape me into the effective ear cleaner that I am today. A simple twist of the Q-tip inside my ear never got the job done. I would have to wiggle the Q-tip and swirl it around until I felt I had enough was to switch to the opposite end of the Q-tip. With the Q-tip wet and minding the depth of which I had placed the Q-tip I could get a sense of how much wax there was to clear out. With an idea of how much wax that needed to be cleared, would depend on how I moved the Q-tip inside my ear. I would practice week after week to make this task simpler. Practice makes perfect, and I now have this skill mastered. I can now go down in my family’s history as the “One sweep ear cleaner.” This mastering of this skill is important to my family and I can now pass it down to my own children. Learning to wet the Q-tip, understand the depth of the ear, and completing the clean sweep were all important skills that took years for me to master. I am proud that I have mastered this skill.