Dying Girl Leaves Behind Poignant Letter to Herself

JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (KRON) — The family of a 12-year old girl who died from complications of pneumonia have a unique way of remembering Taylor Scout Smith, a letter from the girl to herself.

The Smith family says they are getting inspiration from the letters their child left behind before she went into the hospital. Those include missives to her friends and family but what is really drawing attention is the letter the 12-year old Taylor wrote to herself to be opened in ten years when she turned 22.

“Dear Taylor, how’s life?” the letter reads. “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…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 letter goes on with words of wisdom and advice beyond her twelve years.

The last line reads, “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.”

A memorial service for Taylor is set for Wednesday evening.

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