Party prep time! Opal and Gloria decide to have an evening par-tay, when it's cooler outside. (Those of you Shmoopers who live in the South will know what they're talking about.)
They spend an entire afternoon making egg salad sandwiches. And where is Winn-Dixie in all of this? Smiling and wagging his tail while he watches and eats egg salad bites from Gloria. Talk about bad doggy breath.
They also make Dump Punch with all kinds of fruit juices and soda. Sounds almost as good as Dump Cake, one of Shmoop's personal faves.
They decorate the yard to look "like a fairyland" with crepe paper and candles in paper bags (21.7). It looks so good, Opal wishes her mother could come to the party to see it.
Miss Franny Block shows up in a green fancy-shmancy dress and high heels that make her totter. She brings a glass bowl of Littmus Lozenges to contribute to the party. Hey, we told you she had a desk full.
Sweetie Pie and her mom show up. (We're a little relieved to know that she does actually have parents, since she constantly seems to be wandering around alone.)
Sweetie Pie tapes pictures of dogs everywhere, to help with the theme, of course.
Mrs. Thomas (Sweetie Pie's mom) jets, asking Opal to walk Sweetie Pie home at the end.
The preacher walks in, wearing a coat and tie. Ooh la la.
Amanda arrives with her hair in curls. She's shy, but Opal is extra nice and really glad to see her. Shocking!
Finally, Otis shows up with Gertrude the Bird. Opal hears them, because Gertrude the Bird is chatting away on his shoulder. But she doesn't see them anywhere.
Finally, Opal and Winn-Dixie find Otis and Gertrude in front of the house. Otis has his guitar on his back and a huge jar of pickles. Opal assures him pickles are the perfect addition to an egg salad sandwich party.
After a lot of coaxing, he follows her into the back.