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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.

Source:  WJHL-TV


  • Judy Fowler Tucker

    This is Worth Sharing with Other’s on You Tube… Facebook or Anywhere… So it can Help Other’s that are trying to COPE with anyone Death!!! I am SURE…. Taylor… Made Her Dad & Mom More PROUDER Than Any Little Girl Could with Her Life!!! So Taylor.. I Know… GOD OUR FATHER has given you…. SPECIAL ANGEL WINGS!!! RIP Sweet Child!!! You Touched My HEART Too through Your Death!!!! Prayers & Love Goes Out To YOUR FAMILY!!! Judy Fowler Tucker – What Your Dad Said.. You Would Say… It’s Worth It!!!! And I know that means to Always Follow “JESUS” & We will Never Go Wrong!!! AMEN… :)

  • Fred DeFalco

    Taylor, I have always felt when God takes one so young, or even if not quite as young as you, much like you, even tho I don’t knkw you, I bet ur smile lit up an entire rm. So it hard not to wonder why, I think maybe God needed a very special person to be a guardian angel for somebody also very special* I must believe such a sweet child is in eternal peace now, and I pray that along with ur amazing letter, the ur family finds that by thinking of you often that they realize it helps u stay with them, & when u look in and watch over ur family they will know it, if will comfort both them and you, it’s something I remember my Mother telling me when my Grandpa and best pal passed, it has always been nust like she said, including when she left for heaven! GodBless you, & comfort ur family, they know they had a very special little girl, and even afterwards the letter u left is helping then see even more ppl you touched including me! Rest now little one, and know ur still yet helping others, and im glad now ur where theres no more pain, & if not quite yet im sure you will find how very much ur family loved you, and tho they will of course miss you ur all one day bound to all be together again! The wisdom of a child! I hope one day I hear of the many good things youve made happen in Heaven! SweetDreams, Fred

    • Gina smoger

      So sorry very your loss. I just feel overwhelming grief for you and all this amazing little girl could have been. God just lent her to the world for a little while and called her home. I just think of her in this amazing wonderful place called heaven and think of this little angel that will continue working hard for God. Please know that she will watch over you and her broth the rest of your life even though you can’t see her, you will feel her close by. I have been thinking about her all day after hearing just a little bit of it on my lunch break. I looked up the story on my computer after work. Such a wise person in such a little body. You have to give yourself some credit for raising such a wonderful kid. You are great parents. I know that she will continue to make you proud while working hard for god in heaven, he has big LANs for her in heaven to help other people of this I’m sure, the journey for her has just begn.

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