A young man graduated with a degree in journalism. His first assignment for the newspaper that hired him was to write a human interest story. Being from the back woods, he decided to go out to the country to do his research. After some time, he happened upon an old hillbilly from way up in the hills. The reporter introduced himself to the farmer and proceeded to explain to him why he was there.
“Has anything ever happened around here that made you happy,” The young man asked.
The hillbilly thought for a minute and said, “Yep! One time one of my neighbour’s sheep got lost. We formed a posse and found it. We all had our way with it and took it back home. Boy, that was great!”
“I can’t print that!” the young man exclaimed. “Can you think of anything else that happened that made you or a lot of other people happy?”
After another moment, the hillbilly said, “Yeah, one time my neighbour’s wife, a good looking woman, got lost. We formed a big posse that time and found her. After we all had our way with her, we took her back home. Boy, that was great!”
“Christ,” the young man said, “I can’t print that either!” He thought for a moment and then asked, “has anything ever happened around here that made you sad?”
The old hillbilly thought for a moment, then dropped his head and lowered his voice as a look of shame came over his face.
“Well…” he began, “I got lost once.”