scene was a tiny mountain village in a remote section of
West Virginia. An old mountaineer and his young wife were
getting a divorce in the local court.
But custody of the children was a problem.
The mother jumped to her feet and protested to the judge
that, since she had brought the children into this world,
she should retain custody of them.
The old mountaineer also wanted custody of the children.
The judge asked for his side of the story and, after a long
moment of silence, the mountaineer slowly rose from his
chair and said, "Judge, when I put a quarter in a candy
machine and a candy bar comes out, does it belong to me
or the machine?"