Taylor Smith Letter: Girl's Note to Future Self Found After She Dies

Monday, 13 Jan 2014 12:04 PM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
When 12-year-old Taylor Smith suddenly died last week, her family found comfort and strength in a letter the Tennessee girl wrote to her future self last spring that was stowed away.

Smith, of Johnson City, Tenn., died Jan. 5 of complications from pneumonia leaving behind her parents and older brother. A student at Liberty Bell Middle School, Smith was active in her local youth ministry and was very faithful in her beliefs.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"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,'" her father Tim Smith told CBS-affiliate WJHL-TV. "A lot of people are probably wondering why it's so easy for a father whose just lost his daughter to say something like that, to not curse God, to not hate God, the only thing I can say is that right now it's easy for me to trust God because my baby girl trusted him."

Though her untimely death crushed her family, they found comfort in a letter she had written to herself to be read in 2023.

"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," she wrote to her future self. "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 Smith family says the letter, which they found in a box in her bedroom, is a perfect example of how Taylor lived her life.

"Her dad said what made her so special was she had the wisdom of an adult but the faith of a child," Taylor's aunt, Kathy Oakes, told the Johnson City Press.

The last line of Smith's letter was especially poignant.

"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."

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved