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.
custody of the children was a problem.
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.
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?"