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Little Timmy Claims “Freedom of the Pursuit of Happiness,” Avoids Cleaning Room


Photo by Dean Terry / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The 4th of July marks the day that we Americans celebrate our freedoms — while some hold their annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, others light up the sky with fireworks. But, according to a recent report, Little Timmy, aged 9, from Dayton, Ohio, celebrates his freedoms by refusing to clean his room, citing one of the United States' founding document.

The event started when Mom, Tiffany Williams, told her son, Timmy Williams, that he had to clean his room before going to the afternoon barbecue. Even though Timmy is usually a good listener, today, he held his ground and refused. Shocked, Tiffany threatened to punish Timmy, taking away his dessert. Like most rational people, at this point, Timmy lost it. 

"You can't do that!" screamed Timmy, "It's against my constitutional rights! I have the right to the pursuit of happiness, and cleaning my room does NOT make me happy!" 

Tiffany was taken aback, "I didn't think he knew what the Constitution was, much less that it gave him rights," explained Tiffany, "I guess I should write an email to his social studies teacher thanking her for her hard work." 

After posting this heartfelt story on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, Tiffany was shocked that her son became a young celebrity overnight with over 1 million shares. We asked Timmy how it feels to be a national hero and what he's planning to do next, "I'm not a hero. I'm just a kid looking to defend my freedoms. My mom said I had to clean my room, but Thomas Jefferson said I didn't have to. I thank God for these freedoms every day. As to what I do next? I'm not sure. All I know is that using this defense, I'm definitely not going to help with the laundry from now on.