Some people were dazzled by the darkness of a total solar eclipse Monday, but one Kentucky 7-year-old girl found her view ... underwhelming.
Campbell Higgins’ mother had been telling her about the eclipse for a while. But what they saw of the eclipse in Northern Kentucky left the girl in tears.
“From what I understood, it would be complete darkness; crickets would chirp with 91 percent (totality),” said Amanda Thaman, Campbell’s mother. The two were at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to pick up Thaman’s husband when the eclipse occurred. The family lives in Independence.
They’d brought a cereal-box viewer, but someone at the airport gave Campbell eclipse glasses, which only added to the excitement.
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“Then it happened — well, nothing happened,” Thaman said. “It was very bright outside. It was a weird hue, but when she found out that was it, it was all downhill from there.”
Campbell got angry at first, but then she got emotional. A video Thaman shared on Facebook of Campbell’s reaction has been viewed more than 29,000 times.
“I was so excited, but now I’m not,” Campbell says in the video. “I wanted to see the darkness, and it didn’t happen.”
In the video, Thaman reminds Campbell that there will be another solar eclipse that she can watch in seven years. But the girl wasn’t interested.
“It’s over, it’s done,” Campbell cried. “We’re done talking about it.”
A day later, Campbell maintained that stance.
“She doesn’t really like talking about it,” Thaman said Tuesday. “She seriously is done with the conversation.”
The video has been shared hundreds of times. Thaman said she had no idea so many people would relate to Campbell’s reaction to the eclipse.
She said she hopes she’ll be able to change Campbell’s mind before the next total eclipse in North America, which will happen April 8, 2024.
“It will take some convincing, but I’m going to work hard at it,” Thaman said.