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Touching Letter Written To Future Self Discovered By Parents Of 12-Year-Old Girl Who Died Of Pneumonia

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Taylor Scout Smith, 12, died of complications from pneumonia, leaving her family heartbroken. While cleaning out her room, her parents discovered a sealed letter she had written to herself to be opened in ten years.  The letter, written nearly a year ago, is now serving as a precious reminder of their lovely daughter.

On the front of the letter's envelope Taylor wrote, "To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023 only unless said otherwise."

In the letter, Taylor congratulates herself on graduating high school, and also urges herself to go back and finish if she has not.  She also gives hopeful advice to herself for dealing with what has transpired over the past ten years.

"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 wrote.

She was also religious, and reminds her future self to go to church, reports the Daily Mail.

Taylor's father finds a semblance of peace over her death through religion.

"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." Smith told CBS 11. "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 parents also found poems, journals and letters of encouragement for people whom she did not have a chance to give them to yet.