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
The judge asked for his side of the story and, after a long
moment of silence, the mountaineer slowly rose from his chair
and replied, "Judge, when I put a dollar in a candy machine
and a candy bar comes out, does it belong to me or the machine?"