A Taylor Smith letter is touching people everywhere today, ever since a Tennessean 12-year-old girl’s words to her future self have become suddenly clear following her recent death to pneumonia complications. Yet the tragic death in turn revealed the child’s letter — a forward-thinking piece of writing to Smith’s future self that her parents found while cleaning out her things in her room this week. The Inquistir shares how this poignant note is providing some solace for the 12-year-old’s devastated family and a clear look into her innocence and aspirations in life this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2013.
The Taylor Smith letter is simple and concise, but a precious and powerful piece of writing, nonetheless. It was 12-year-old Taylor Scout Smith who decided to pen herself the note meant for her 22-year-old self that abruptly became a memorial for her passing instead. The young girl died last Sunday due to complications from a bad case of pneumonia, and while her parents were going through the painful process of sifting through her things in her bedroom, they suddenly found the letter that was meant to be opened a full decade later.
The child’s words were so moving that the Smith parents felt they needed to share Taylor’s revealed story with the world. The girl’s family she leaves behind, her parents and her brother, are holding on to the note (discovered in a signed and sealed envelope) to keep their beloved daughter and sister’s memory alive down in Tennessee.
The basic yet heartrending Taylor Smith letter begins with the words “Dear Taylor, How’s life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past.”
Shortly later she writes,
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.”
Taylor shows her bright personality and clever mind by concluding her thoughtful note with the advice:
“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.”
Smith’s father, Tim, has said that he and his family have not fully come to terms with the sudden death of their daughter from pneumonia. He is still devastated, and understandably cannot believe that it has happened.
”Initially it’s shock, and waves of depression, and hoping that it’s not real, and hoping that every time you take a nap or go to sleep you find out it wasn’t real.”
Yet the family adds that their faith and the Taylor Smith letter — something that they feel was meant for them to read shortly after her death — will get him, his wife, and his son through this period of mourning.
“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. A lot of people are probably wondering why it’s so easy for a father whose just lost his daughter to say something like that, to not curse God, to not hate God, the only thing I can say is that right now it’s easy for me to trust God because my baby girl trusted him.”
“You see all the other things that she’s done that you didn’t know about, things at youth group, things at school, things where she just touched people’s lives in ways that are unbelievable,” added Taylor’s mother, Ellen. “I’m more determined now to find what God’s will is, and right now you’re even seeing a glimpse of what God’s will is, all the people that are being touched by what’s going on, you know if even that changes the course of someone’s life I know Taylor would say it’s worth it.”
She added, “She’s just a perfect example of what it is to love God and to love people. She showed me how God loves, she didn’t see anything on the exterior she only saw the inside and what was best about you.”
Perhaps this letter written by a young, 12-year-old girl who passed away too soon reminds us all to be grateful for what we have, and think where we too will be in the not-too-far-off future.