Because of Winn-Dixie
How we cite our quotes:
"We could be friends," I said to Miss Franny. "I mean you and me and Winn-Dixie, we could all be friends."
Miss Franny smiled even bigger. "Why, that would be grand," she said, "just grand." (7.29-30)
You know what? Deep down, old people and kids really aren't that different. They may even have a lot to teach each other. And in this case, it's the kid who starts the friendship. That's our girl.
Because I had been waiting for a long time to tell some person everything about me, I did. (9.40)
We love people who make us feel even cooler than Madonna, Taylor Swift, and that Bieber kid all wrapped into one. Gloria is that kind of person. So is Winn-Dixie (except for the "person" part).
"Some people have a strange way of going about making friends," he said. "You apologize." (18.44)
Aw, shoot. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Is the preacher doing this for Opal's sake or his own? He is a preacher, after all, so his kid should set an example. (We like the preacher, so we're going to give him the benefit of the doubt here.)