Tennessee 12-year-old dies unexpectedly, family comforted by letter she wrote herself
TENNESSEE — Just days after a 12-year-old girl passes away unexpectedly from complications with pneumonia, Taylor Scout Smith is providing comfort to her family.
Taylor passed away Jan. 5, but a letter she wrote to herself a few months ago has given her family something to smile about again.
According to WJHL-TV, her family found the letter while going through some boxes in her bedroom.
When Taylor wrote the letter, it was not meant to be opened for 10 years.
On the front, the letter read:
“To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023 only unless said otherwise.”
It seemed Taylor intended to read it when she turned 22.
The letter continues inside, “Dear Taylor, how’s life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past, I know I’m late for you, but I’m writing this 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 letter goes on with words of wisdom and advice beyond her twelve years.
The last line reads, “Well, I think that’s all, but 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.”
Advice she intended to look back on, advice her parents say now keeps them looking forward.
Taylor’s father Tim said that “what made her so special was she had the wisdom of an adult but the faith of a child.”
In the days after her passing, Taylor’s father said he has become more aware of his daughter’s impact on people.
“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,” Smith told WJHL-TV. “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.”
He went on to explain that many people may question how a family can be at peace with the passing of a precious child.
“The only thing I can say is that right now it’s easy for me to trust God because my baby girl trusted him,” he said.