Taylor Scout Smith wrote a letter to her 22-year-old self that she will unfortunately never get to fondly look back on.
The 12-year-old Tennessee native sadly died on Sunday from complications with pneumonia. Her grief stricken parents began the arduous task of clearing out of her room and were instantly reminded of their daughter's infectious personality when they discovered the letter that she had written to herself, which was only to be opened 10 years later.
Taylor's parents, as well as her older brother, are now using the note, which they found in a sealed envelope, to remind them of Tayor, who passed in Johnson City, Tennessee.
The simple, yet heartbreakingly elegant letter starts, "Dear Taylor, How's life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past."
She then goes on to add, "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."
Taylor remains philosophical throughout her writing, and she ends by noting, "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's father, Tim Smith, has admitted that the family are still coming to grips with her death. He told WJHL, ""Initially it's shock, and waves of depression, and hoping that it's not real, and hoping that every time you take a nap or go to sleep you find out it wasn't real."
However, he candidly commented that his faith is helping him through this time of pain, stating, "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. 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."
Taylor's mother, Ellen Smith, also revealed that hearing stories about her impact on the world, despite the brevity of her life, have eased her grief too.
"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 remarked. "I'm more determined now to find what God's will is, and right now you're even seeing a glimpse of what God's will is, all the people that are being touched by what's going on, you know if even that changes the course of someone's life I know Taylor would say it's worth it."
She proudly proclaimed, "She's just a perfect example of what it is to love God and to love people. 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."
The Smith's are now going through dozens of boxes in Taylor's room that are packed to the brim with letters, poems and journals that she scribed, and each word will be a constant reminder of the joy that she brought to them and the world.
Tim Smith has also taken to Facebook to upload a series of images of Taylor and her letter: