Katherine will turn 13 this week. Yesterday our family gathered to celebrate.
Katherine insisted on making her own birthday cake, as she has for several years. She started cooking the morning of her party and the cake layers came out of the oven looking beautiful. She turned them out perfectly, the edges firm and browned. Then the centers of each layer spilled onto the table in piles of weirdly uncooked batter. Katherine took it all with grace, laughing about this cooking fail and offering wedges from the deliciously baked outsides of her cake.