Jesus is My Swingset
The ultimate sculptural expression of "Buddy Jesus" is the tombstone of little Samantha Ann McDonald, who rode her tricycle into the family pool in a 2006 tragedy. The memorial incorporates an elaborate life-size bronze statue of the upper half of Jesus, laughing heartily, as he leans out of heaven and holds the ropes of a swing supporting the smiling Sami. The words to her favorite song, Jesus Loves Me, are engraved, as is her signature, with a smiley face drawn in the middle of the "a."
The little girl's favorite saying was the McDonald's restaurant slogan, "I'm lovin' it," which her parents believe describes the way she currently feels in heaven. The tombstone, by Maine sculptor Tom White, was designed as a public expression of the McDonald family's faith.