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Dad Finds, and Reads, Dead Daughter's Letter to Her Future Self
http://www.liveleak.com ^ | 1/12/14

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!"


TOPICS: Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: taylorscoutsmith
Potential tear jerker alert.

Video at the link.

1 posted on 01/13/2014 9:42:25 AM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

So sad! Did she just plain get pneumonia by itself? No previous issue?

She had good perspective. They can be proud.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 9:48:51 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: BBell

Dang. This will rip your guts out.

It’s also beautiful.


3 posted on 01/13/2014 9:50:13 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: BBell

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.


4 posted on 01/13/2014 9:57:24 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: BBell
"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!"

Words of great wisdom from a wonderful and very smart girl.

5 posted on 01/13/2014 9:58:01 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: BBell

ain’t no way I’m reading this


6 posted on 01/13/2014 9:59:20 AM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: BBell

im a wuss about kids dying


7 posted on 01/13/2014 9:59:43 AM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: BBell

Hmmm...no desire to become a mother or a wife but only to become someone who destroys others legally. Bummer.


8 posted on 01/13/2014 10:17:37 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Kartographer

Amen to a beautiful tribute.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 10:23:18 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Kartographer

Amen.


10 posted on 01/13/2014 10:27:40 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: Kartographer

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.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 10:29:51 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Uncalled for Jack.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 10:33:05 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Bulwyf

That’s the thing that really stood out to me so I made note of it. Take it for what it’s worth.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 10:37:34 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: OldMissileer

bump


14 posted on 01/13/2014 10:37:48 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: BBell

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?


15 posted on 01/13/2014 10:37:58 AM PST by Bobalu (The true secret to genius is in creativity, not in technical mechanics - Richard Feynman)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
She wrote the letter last year so she would have been 11 or 12. That would make her 21 or 22 in 10 years. She is obviously a religious girl but at the young age of 22 most girls do not marry or have children until their education is complete. The poor girl had only been back from a mission trip for six days when she wrote the letter. I believe she would have married and would have raised her children according to her religious beliefs. Also, not all lawyers destroy people. Her father reads the whole letter in the video.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 10:38:24 AM PST by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell

Like we really need more attorneys in this country?

We really need more engineers to build the country, not attorneys to destroy it.


17 posted on 01/13/2014 10:40:58 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


18 posted on 01/13/2014 10:45:04 AM PST by jstaff
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To: jstaff

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.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 10:46:55 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: jstaff

amen


20 posted on 01/13/2014 10:47:26 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Hmmm...no desire to become a mother or a wife but only to become someone who destroys others legally. Bummer.

Well good thing that one died, eh?

21 posted on 01/13/2014 10:51:46 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: wardaddy

Same here...I’m teared up just from the excerpt. She sounds like a beautiful child...prayers for her parents in their profound grief.


22 posted on 01/13/2014 11:06:02 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Jack Hydrazine
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.


I just pray her parents don't read your remarks. I would think her motivations ought to be considered before beating down her memory. There should be a level of respect given to the dead.

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.”

23 posted on 01/13/2014 11:11:02 AM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“Hmmm...no desire to become a mother or a wife “


So what?

.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 11:16:14 AM PST by Mears
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To: Bobalu
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?

I'd have to dispatch it from about 25 years in the future. If my 22 year old self wrote to my 12 year old self, I probably wouldn't have made it to 13.
25 posted on 01/13/2014 11:16:30 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Jack Hydrazine

??

Where did she rule out becoming a mother or wife or say she wanted to destroy people legally?


26 posted on 01/13/2014 11:17:17 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Mears

You don’t get it so I won’t even bother to explain.


27 posted on 01/13/2014 11:17:29 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

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.


28 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:48 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
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.


A weighty charge to lay at the feet of these grieved parents and grave of a little girl who will never be given the chance to prove you wrong.

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.

29 posted on 01/13/2014 11:39:22 AM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy
That is good from a man that destroyed the country by “not going in to that good night.”
30 posted on 01/13/2014 11:47:00 AM PST by Little Bill
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To: BBell

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.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 11:55:33 AM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

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?


32 posted on 01/13/2014 12:15:30 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: BBell

ping


33 posted on 01/13/2014 12:17:48 PM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: pgkdan

I’m a hard man

Seen lots of bad things

Still alive

Dead and suffering or grieving or abandoned children

Is my weakness of a rough worldly veneer


34 posted on 01/13/2014 12:47:09 PM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

God-believing conservatives also need legal help.


35 posted on 01/13/2014 12:48:08 PM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: mwilli20

I completely agree but it’s a man’s primary duty to do so.


36 posted on 01/13/2014 12:53:42 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: GeronL

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?


37 posted on 01/13/2014 1:15:20 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


38 posted on 01/13/2014 1:46:04 PM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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?


39 posted on 01/13/2014 2:11:51 PM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

What happens when no children are born because women are too busy being the man?

How foolish is that?


40 posted on 01/13/2014 2:14:08 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

You can’t have a chance to be foolish if you haven’t been born!


41 posted on 01/13/2014 2:15:36 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
What happens when no children are born because women are too busy being the man?

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?

42 posted on 01/13/2014 2:22:26 PM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

“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.


43 posted on 01/13/2014 2:30:33 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

Lack of potty training.


44 posted on 01/13/2014 2:30:55 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
“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.


You don't happen to be a member of the Westboro Baptist church by any chance?
45 posted on 01/13/2014 2:34:37 PM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

Nope!


46 posted on 01/13/2014 2:35:39 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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