Deceased 12-Year-Old's Letter to Her 'Future Self' Comforts Parents (PHOTO)

taylor smith letterWhen 12-year-old Taylor Smith penned a letter last year, it was intended to be opened in 2023 -- by herself. The letter Smith wrote was of the "to my future self" variety, and it contained the sorts of things one would expect to a pre-teen to write about. She talked about her iPad, and mulled over selling it for an iPad mini. She congratulated herself on graduating high school, since she was supposed to be 22 upon opening it. And she wondered if the show Doctor Who is still on the air, and whether or not she'd yet been on a plane.

But Taylor never got to open her letter in 10 years time, because she passed away last spring of pneumonia. So, her parents opened it instead, despite it's very specific "To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023" message on the envelope.

And I can't imagine what parent wouldn't do the same.

I've sadly seen a lot of people die in my lifetime -- my mother; all of my grandparents; friends' parents -- but I cannot, for the life of me, fathom what it would be like losing a child. I can barely type the sentence without tearing up. And more so, I cannot fathom going through said child's things -- their clothes, their toys -- and stumbling upon something like this: What your child thought was their happy future, tucked neatly in an envelope. It's stomach-turning. But at the same time, incredibly beautiful, and something, I'd imagine, her parents and brother are grateful to have.

I think most people who have lost someone would choose to have a letter from them -- any kind of letter -- if they could. I know I certainly would. I can't imagine what Taylor's parents went through emotionally after seeing the envelope from their daughter who should still be here, but it seems like they're happy they have it, and they're happy they opened it.

Tragically, their little girl can't be brought back to them, but in a weird way, they're kind of getting a small glimpse of what her future would have been like -- as told by her. What parent wouldn't want that?

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Would you have opened the letter?


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nonmember avatar Sandy

Yes I would have. And ad a matter of fact, im alive and erll. I have a daughter, 24 and don 20 and I've been writing letters to both of them since they were born. Alot of important things, but also just whatever is on my mind at the time;just things things im thinking or how im feeling at the time of my writing... how imfeeling about them, about life, just whatever comes to , ind. Nothing formal, judt like I'm talking to them

Austi... Austinsmommy12

Bless their hearts. I would open it, yes. I don't see it as an "invasion of privacy" for the girl. I'm glad it no doubt gave comfort to her grieving family.

nonmember avatar Venus

No I would have not keep it a surprise 😊

Kandis Harmon

I'm confused about how a child passes away from a perfectly treatable illness. I've had pneumonia several times  before because of lung issues but even after having to wait 2 weeks before being able to see a doctor I was still able to manage the symptoms. My youngest son had pneumonia for a month(I knew and kept taking him to the doctor but the doctor refused to do anything till he spiked a 104 fever), he was 2 and managed to survive just fine. He was uncomfortable and breathing was a chore but I kept taking him to the doctor pushing for tests and treatment and. I used OTC meds in the mean time. The only way I've ever heard of someone dying from pneumonia in this day and age is either because they ignored the symptoms or the doctors screwed up. Either way it has to go untreated in order to kill. It's sad and I empathize with the parents but as soon as I saw the cause of death was pneumonia all I could think is so done let this girl die.

Kandis Harmon

Hate the comment box on here, fixed my typos 4 times and it just kept reverting to the original text. Last sentence was supposed to be " someone let this girl die" 

Trini... Trinity0820

Really Kandis? You have no idea why that poor girl died other than it was pneumonia.  I have known people who have died from it, even  TREATING the symptoms. Not one of them ignored it. So before you know why, and how it took her out, do not comment on how "someone let this girl die." That is idiotic and rude.

bucke... buckeyefever

I feel bad for the family. I can say from personal experience that pneumonia does suck and yes it is possible even if she was given medical care to have died from it. I have came close several times.

nonmember avatar fiddlehead

kasis people die everyday from pneumonia ..EVERYDAY. You having had pneumonia and thinking youre somehow an expert on the topic is ludicrous. There is bacterial and viral pneumonia. Sometimes all the treatment in the world ..doesnt bring about a recovery. But it's nice to see you take this womans dead child to show us all what a beter mom you are for not losing her kid.

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