Saying Goodbye

This is the events of Molly's high school graduation from Joanne's perspective. Ages: Joanne 8 Molly 17 Patricia 13. I own no characters from Annie.

Wow! Time sure flies by fast. It seems like Annie''s graduation was just yesterday and now we are getting ready for Molly's graduation. Molly and I are so close to each other so this is really hard on me. I don't want her to go away to college in the fall. It won't be the same not having her at home.

Patricia comes over once or twice a week to baby-sit me and Freddie. One Friday in late March she came over while Mama and Daddy were out for their anniversary dinner. Grandma was out shopping. Tricia noticed that I looked sort of sad.

"Thinking about Molly's graduation?"

I nodded/

Patricia smiled. "I've been thinking about that a lot lately too. I'm going to miss Molly so much next year when she's away at school. I feel like we just met and now she's leaving me."

I nodded. "It's not going to be the same not having at home. I'll miss having her in the bedroom down the hall from me."

"Does she know where she's going to school next year yet?"

I shook my head. "She's still deciding between SUNY Buffalo NYU BU and Stonehill. I hope she picks a school that is closer. "

"Is she going to the same school as Bella?"

I nodded. "Yeah, they're going to room together. Bella actually got a field hockey scholarship to SUNY Buffalo so it looks like she'll be going there. Hopefully Molly chooses SUNY Buffalo instead of BU or Stonehill."

"Bella and Molly are pretty close to each other huh?"

I nodded. "Yes they are. If they room together I hope they'll let me sleep over in their dorm."

Patricia smiled at me "I'm sure they will."

"Can we do something special with Molly and Bella before they leave for school?"

Patricia shrugged. " We have to talk to them about it but a girls day for just the four of us might be fun... it will be good to do some bonding before they leave for college."

"Are you excited about starting high school?"

Patricia nodded. "Definitely! Molly and Bella have given me of tons advice on teachers and what activities to join. I'm trying out for the soccer team. I hope to get on the JV team."

Patricia kissed my forehead softly. "I love you sweetheart."

"I love you too Tricia."

Molly's graduation was on June 16th. After the ceremony we had a big party at the community center. Molly's friends from school and the orphanage came and so did her boyfriend RJ, It was a lot of fun!

As the last of the guests were leaving I went up to my sister and tugged at her shirt sleeve.

Molly smiled at me "Come here Jo." She picked me up and hugged me close to her.

"I'm going to miss you so much next year." I whispered.

"I'm going to miss you too , Bella and I aren't going to be too far away though. SUNY Buffalo is only an hour away."

"It's still not going to be the same."

"Mama said she'd let you come visit us once we are all settled into our school schedule. We'll show you around the campus and you can spend the night."

I smiled." That sounds fun!"

Patricia came up behind Molly and put her arm around her.

"Congratulations Mol. I'm so happy for you!"

Molly grinned. "Thanks Tricia! I just can't believe senior year has come and gone already. I'm going to miss everyone and everything about Queens and Eleanor Roosevelt High."

"You're going to come back to watch me play soccer right?"

Molly shrugged. " I really would like to try to. It will depend on my schedule though. Let me know what your game schedule is like and I'll see what I can do."

"Jo and I had a talk a while ago and we were wondering if we could do something together this summer... just the four of us? We're really going to miss you and Bella while you're away at school."

Molly grinned. "Of course. We definitely want some serious bonding time with you guys before we leave for school in August. Talk to your mom and see what your schedule looks like for after 4th of July and we'll make some plans."

Patricia smiled at both of us. "Sounds great! What are we going to do?"

Molly shrugged. "I'm really not sure yet.. how about we let you guys choose?"

I smiled. "That sounds great!"

Molly reached out and gave Tricia's hand a squeeze and kissed my forehead. "You two are my best friends. I'm going to miss you the most while I'm in college."

Roland Sheffield came over to us.

"Hey Molly. This was a fun party. Thanks for inviting me."

"I'm glad you could make it and that you had a good time."

"Can I talk to you in private?" Roland asked.

Molly put me down. "Sure RJ."

"Come on Jo. Let's go find your Mom and Dad and see if they need our help cleaning up."

"Okay." I took Patricia's hand and we headed into the direction of the community center.