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The Letter a Little Girl Wrote, and Will Never Get to Read.

On January 5th, 12 year old Taylor Smith passed away from complications with pneumonia. It left her parents, family, and friends absolutely devastated. She was a joyful child just like any other, full of life.

On January 5th, 12 year old Taylor Smith passed from this world due to complications with pneumonia. Her parents, family and friends were left shattered. From having a joyful and fun loving child, they were left with nothing but memories.

And one other thing. Some time after, her parents made a discovery they will never forget. A letter.

(Look at the bottom for a transcript.)
letter to future self

Going through her belongings, her parents found a letter Taylor wrote to her future self among letters written to others. 

letter to future self

It was supposed to stay closed until 2023, when she was 25, but her parents decided to open it. 

letter to future self

The content of this letter show what kind of child Taylor was, and how full of life. She was special, and we mourn her passing.   

letter to future self

letter to future self

letter to future self

Here’s a transcript of the letter:

Dear Taylor,

How’s life? Life is pretty simple right now (10 years in your past). I know I’m late for you, but as I’m writing, this is early, so; congratulations on graduating high school! If you didn’t go back and keep trying. Get that degree! Are you (we) in college? If not, I understand. We do have pretty good reasoning, after all.

Don’t forget, it’s Allana’s 11th birthday today! Sheesh, 11 already? In my time, she just turned 1! I didn’t get to go to that party though, because I was in Cranks, Kentucky for my first mission trip. I’ve only been back for 6 days!

Speaking of, how’s your relationship with GOD? Have you prayed, worshipped, read the bible, or gone to serve the lord recently? If not, get up and do so NOW! I don’t care what point in our life we’re in right now, do it! He was mocked, beaten, tortured, and crucified for you! A sinless man, who never did you or any other person any wrong!

Now, have you gone on any more mission trips? Have you been out of the country yet? How about on a plane?

Is Doctor Who still on the air? If not, what regeneration did they end it with? You should go watch some Doctor Who! Later though, you gotta finish reading your own words of wisdom!

Do you have your own place yet? If we’re in college, what are we majoring in? Right now, I wanna be a lawyer.

Have you been to Dollywood recently? Right now, their newest attraction is the Wild Eagle. It’s so fun!

Also I think I’m going to sell my iPad and buy an iPad mini, Don’t forget to tell your kids that we’re older than the tablet! Attached I also have a drawing of an iPad, so you can show them.

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.

Sincerely, Taylor Smith



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