14/08/2014 12:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Parents Found 12-Year-Old Daughter's Poignant Letter To Her Adult Self


The heartbroken parents of a 12-year-old girl who died of pneumonia discovered a letter she wrote to her adult self to to be opened in 10 years time.

Ellen and Tim Smith found their daughter Taylor Scout's poignant handwritten note in a sealed envelope while going through poems, letters and journals in her room soon after she died in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Sunday.

The two-page note reads: "Dear Taylor, How's life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past.

"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."

She goes on: "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.'"


Taylor was religious and in the note she reminded her future self to go to church.

Since her death, Mr Smith said family and friends have helped him and Ellen deal with their loss and Taylor's letter will also be a precious memento.

He said: "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.

"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."

left behind an older brother along with her heartbroken parents.

A day after Taylor was buried, Mr Smith said his faith helped him cope with the tragedy.

He told CBS 11: "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'."

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