Parents find inspirational letter 12-year-old daughter wrote to herself before her tragic death

The parents of a 12-year-old girl who sadly died of pneumonia, have spoken of their heartbreak after finding a letter the youngster wrote to her future self.


by Jessica Anais Rach |
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Tennesee-born Taylor Scout Smith sadly lost her battle with pneumonia last week.

While clearing out their daughter’s room, her distraught parents found a letter from Taylor addressed to herself, bearing an order stating it should only be opened in 2023.

The surprisingly mature letter, which serves as a painful reminder to Taylor’s parents, reads:

“To be opened by Taylor Smith on: April 13, 2023 ONLY!

The letter Taylor's parents found in her room following her sad death
The letter Taylor's parents found in her room following her sad death

“Dear Taylor, how’s life? Life is pretty simple right now (10 years from your past) I know I’m late for you, but as I’m writing this, this is early so:

“Congratulations on graduating high school, if you didn't, go back and keep trying, get that degree…Do you have your own place yet? If we're in college what are we majoring in? Right now I want to be a lawyer."

The pre-teen shared her father’s faith, and in the note she urged her future self to go to church.

The letter goes on to describe current trends, before concluding:

“Remember it's been 10 years since I wrote this. Stuff has happened good and bad, that's just how life works and you have to go with it”.

A day after devastated dad Tim Smith buried his daughter he said his faith helped him through the tragedy.

"If it's God's time, it's God's time, and he loved her more than we could ever love her. So much so that he said ‘come on,’” Smith told the local news station.

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