Nobody is perfect, so the saying goes. But, as my son completes his first year at school, I have come to believe the words "except kindergarten teachers" need to be added to the end of the popular adage.
It's a truly special person who can take 20 excitable four and five-year-olds under their wing and guide them successfully through the transition to "big school".
But it's not the fact most of their tiny charges turn up on day one with little more than a thirst for knowledge and finish the school year reading, writing and doing basic mathematics that has convinced me of the saintly nature of kindergarten teachers. It's things that are less easily measured which make teachers who lead our children in their first year at school worthy of admiration.
So as we prepare for the last school bell of the year to ring here are just some of things I would to say to my son's teacher, and kindergarten teachers everywhere.
1. Thank you for appreciating what a big step school can be, and understanding why some mums (and dads) had a tear in our eye that first day we left our babies with you.
2. The way you treat all your students as individuals and take the time to figure out how each one of them tick is an inspiration. The care you have shown has helped them become the best little people they can be.
3. Your ability to smile at work EVERY SINGLE DAY is admirable. Your passion for your job is obvious and it is a huge part of why our children are happy to come to school each day.
4. Thank you for countless bandaids you have put on my son's scraped knees. No matter how many times we tell them not to run in the playground, little boys will be little boys - you seem to appreciate that. Thank you also for your time spent cleaning up spilt lunches and tracking down lost school hats.
5. The respect for each other and sense of friendship you have instilled in the boys and girls you teach is a beautiful thing. By teaching them to appreciate and support each other, no matter what their differences, you have helped create a tight-knit group of little friends who delight in each others' company.
6. Your ability to quieten a room of 20 chatttering children with just few claps of your hands is impressive. I still haven't perfected this with just my two children at home, but it's nice to know it's possible!
7. Sorry if our children didn't always cover their mouths and noses when they coughed and sneezed in the winter months. Kindergarten teachers must have the strongest of immune systems to cope with the sharing of germs they are subjected to.
8. Please know the countless hours you put into your work do not go unnoticed by parents. We realise you are often toiling at school long after classes have finished for the day, working hard to make sure our children are provided with the best learning opportunities possible - and we appreciate it.
9. Finally, simply thanks for choosing to be a kindergarten teacher. It is far from the world's easiest or best-paid profession, but it is without a doubt one of the most important jobs you can undertake.
Classrooms would not be as welcoming without people like you, and our children's first year at school would be far less memorable.