Tim and Mary Ellen Smith lost their daughter, Taylor, on January 5, 2014. The 12-year-old girl died suddenly due to complications from pneumonia. Many of Taylor’s friends and family know her as a creative, intelligent and unique person.
While the grieving parents were sorting through their daughter’s belongings, they found a letter written by Taylor on April 13, 2003. Taylor’s letter was addressed to herself, to be opened and read only on April 13, 2023, when she is already 22-years-old.
The parents – who reside in Johnson City, Tennessee – were both shocked and comforted with the contents of their daughter’s letter. The couple shared the letter with their church ministry and then later shared it with the rest of the world.
Here is what the 12-year-old Taylor wanted to tell herself 10 years after writing the letter:
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
Taylor’s letter showed how much she seriously she took her spiritual life and her religious beliefs. It also showed how important it is for her to follow her dreams and work hard for them.
We also got a peek at her geeky side, showing her knowledge about the “Dr. Who” TV series and electronic gadgets like the iPad tablet and the iPad mini. Taylor also expressed her maturity by recognizing that life is filled with both good times and bad times and that the key to life is to know how to accept both.
Getting ill and suffering from a serious health condition is definitely a bad experience, but Taylor seemed to have known already how to deal with it at such a young age. Tim and Mary Ellen Smith must be feeling very proud of their daughter.