Tim and Mary Smith’s lives were shattered when their 12-year-old daughter, Taylor, died. On January 5, 2014, the creative, happy and intelligent girl passed away suddenly in the wake of pneumonia.
When the worst of the shock subsided, Taylor’s parents began to go through their daughter’s possessions. In one of the boxes, they found a letter that their daughter addressed to her adult self. The letter was to be opened in 2023, but since Taylor could no longer open it, the Smiths did.
Of course, the couple were surprised that their daughter had written a letter to her future self, but when they read their daughter’s words, they couldn’t keep the tears back.
Hearing Taylor’s voice again, through her words in the letter, was consoling to Tim and Mary. And they shared their daughter’s heart-rending letter online and now hundreds of thousands of people have read it.
Parents Tim and Mary Smith lost their daughter, Taylor, to pneumonia when their little girl was only 12-years-old. After some time, the Tennessee couple went through their late daughter’s things, and happened to find a mysterious letter.
On April 13, 2013, Taylor wrote a letter to her future self and sealed it with the note saying that it was to be opened on April 13, 2023. Taylor would have been 22-years-old.
The envelope’s design is reminiscent of an official document, as if it were something important. The only thing that revealed the writer’s identity was Taylor’s handwriting.
With great curiosity, Taylor’s parents decided to open the letter. It was an emotional moment, and when Taylor’s parents read the letter, tears flowed down their cheeks.
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”
Beautiful words from an angel who was taken away from her family all too soon!
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