Skip to comments.Dad Finds, and Reads, Dead Daughter's Letter to Her Future Self
Posted on 01/13/2014 9:42:25 AM PST by BBell
The heartbroken parents of a 12 year-old-girl who died of pneumonia have discovered a letter she wrote to herself, to be opened ten years later.
A day after reading the letter on video and releasing it online, Taylor's father Tim buried his youngest child and said his devotion helped him endure the tragedy. "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, he said
Tennessee schoolgirl Taylor Scout Smith died suddenly of complications related to the illness on Sunday. Her parents found the sealed envelope containing a letter Taylor had written to her future self while cleaning her room.
The two-page note, which Taylor wrote last year, begins with: Dear Taylor, How's life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past. Congratulations on graduating high school, if you didn't, go back and keep trying. 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.
In the letter, Taylor touches upon the everyday concerns of 12 year-olds such as iPads and Doctor Who, to the more profound issues of her future happiness. "How's your relationship with God?," Taylor asks her future self. "Have you prayed, worshiped, read the Bible or gone to serve the Lord recently? If not, get up and do so now!"
Video at the link.
So sad! Did she just plain get pneumonia by itself? No previous issue?
She had good perspective. They can be proud.
Dang. This will rip your guts out.
It’s also beautiful.
The loss is greater than just a a parent’s Daughter, some man lost out on a chance of an excellent Wife who Bible values more precious than jewels. Children will not be born to a loving and God Fearing Mother who would have started and guided them on a good path. More unborn have lost a wise and supportive Grandmother. And all of us have lost a a Sister in Christ. We must all trust that God’s plan was for greater things than these for Taylor. May God sent his solace and healing to the hearts and souls of her family. All that agree please say Amen.
Words of great wisdom from a wonderful and very smart girl.
ain’t no way I’m reading this
im a wuss about kids dying
Hmmm...no desire to become a mother or a wife but only to become someone who destroys others legally. Bummer.
Amen to a beautiful tribute.
You are absolutely right, we have to trust in God. She sure sounds like a daughter one can be proud of. May God grant her family peace. She’s in a far better place now.
Uncalled for Jack.
That’s the thing that really stood out to me so I made note of it. Take it for what it’s worth.
An interesting exercise is to compose a letter to yourself at a very young age... what would you say to that younger self?
What if it were actually possible to dispatch that letter? How would your life be different now if you had received such a letter in your youth?
Like we really need more attorneys in this country?
We really need more engineers to build the country, not attorneys to destroy it.
Really, that’s all you got out of this? Did you even go through the entire video? You must live a truly sad and miserable life with such an outlook.
I got the other stuff which was great but this really stood out like a sore thumb.
I wish she’d have had higher aspirations than becoming an attorney.
Well good thing that one died, eh?
Same here...I’m teared up just from the excerpt. She sounds like a beautiful child...prayers for her parents in their profound grief.
I wish shed have had higher aspirations than becoming an attorney.
You can just explain all of her problems when you meet her and see if God agrees and is disappointed in her. There is a lot she said that many people far older than she was do not have the wisdom to aspire to. People that are more interested in pleasing God than men usually get things figured out given the time.
In the words of Teddy Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
“Hmmm...no desire to become a mother or a wife “
Where did she rule out becoming a mother or wife or say she wanted to destroy people legally?
You don’t get it so I won’t even bother to explain.
When you look at the great men that have done something positive enough and to warrant having their names be put into the American history books because they changed the course of it you’ll find that most of the time they had great mothers and great wives.
Women started abandoning the home int the ‘60s and ‘70s and thus America has been falling socially, economically and every other way.
Women are much more powerful being women than trying to be men. Until women realize this they’ll continue to lower themselves and thus lower America in the process.
Women started abandoning the home int the 60s and 70s and thus America has been falling socially, economically and every other way.
Women are much more powerful being women than trying to be men. Until women realize this theyll continue to lower themselves and thus lower America in the process.
She's not “women”; she is a 10 year old girl who actually cared about where she was headed in life. Given that; her thoughts are very mature.
I hope I get a chance to ask her one day about her thoughts about lawyers. To a 10 or 11 year old girl, lawyers would look like the ultimate servants. She would not yet see the dark side of the profession. She also might have been looking up to one of the good ones (Yes, there are good lawyers out there). Or, perhaps, she felt a call to blaze a trail as a good one. There is no way to ask her now.
I pray for peace for the family who will miss her dearly.
Mature? Yes! Caring? Yes! Beautiful? Yes! A girl? Yes! Who would have become a woman if she hadn’t passed away? Yes!
Her goal? A little mis-guided.
She would have possibly taken the path that so many other women have been indoctrinated into following that they’ve got to be the man otherwise they won’t feel as equal as a man or feel left out.
They pursue a career thinking it’ll fulfill them and then by the time they get to age 40+ they realize they’ve been missing something in their lives. They try to have children but no man wants to be around them because they are too mean and cranky so they resort to using the turkey baster method.
We have done a great dis-service to our daughters and our country by doing this for the past 50 years.
America’s fertility rate is now below the replacement level of 2.1. Even the first generation immigrants to our shores can’t keep up with their larger families.
Look at other western countries and their shrinking populations and ask yourself if this is a good thing. Is it?
I’m a hard man
Seen lots of bad things
Dead and suffering or grieving or abandoned children
Is my weakness of a rough worldly veneer
God-believing conservatives also need legal help.
I completely agree but it’s a man’s primary duty to do so.
She never mentioned wanting to be a mother or wife.
Attorneys are by definition are designed to fight and destroy their opponent. We have way too many people with law grad degrees who become attorneys after passing the bar exam and not enough graduating as engineers and others who want to build.
Why do you think attorneys have the rep they have?
I believe you’re over-thinking this. An attorney, to an eleven year old, is someone who helps others solve problems. Eleven year olds typically do not have the life experience to see otherwise.
Well Jack, that’s one less to have to worry about not living up to your standards. The words of Charles Dickens come to mind:
“Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child.”
Proverbs warns that foolishness is bound in the heart of a child. What is to be gained for judging a dead child to be childish?
What happens when no children are born because women are too busy being the man?
How foolish is that?
You can’t have a chance to be foolish if you haven’t been born!
How foolish is that?
Regardless of whether you agree with our societies role for women, why drag it out here in this thread?
Are you honestly saying, for such is the leaning of your defense; that we are better of without girls like this? There are plenty full grown feminist you might be big enough to attack instead. Why pick on these folks, who at least were raising a girl that loved the Lord?
“Regardless of whether you agree with our societies role for women, why drag it out here in this thread?”
Because this is exactly the forum to do it on.
“Are you honestly saying, for such is the leaning of your defense; that we are better of without girls like this?”
Is America and the West better off after women abandoned the home? You may think so.
“There are plenty full grown feminist you might be big enough to attack instead. Why pick on these folks, who at least were raising a girl that loved the Lord?”
Because her parents have been brainwashed by the FemiNazis to encourage girls to go out and be one of the sharks instead one of the nurturers.
Does that make America better a better place? You may think so. I beg to differ.
Lack of potty training.
Because this is exactly the forum to do it on.
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