Nearly four years ago, I wrote about Julius Harrell, A Durham resident who lived out on the edge of the county on Southview Road.
He bought his home there in 1972 and envisioned teaching his son, then 7, to ride his bicycle along that road.
The road wasn't paved then, but it was supposed to be. Soon, he was told.
When I wrote about Harrell in 2006, the answer from DOT was still "soon."
His son had grown up without those bicycle lessons, and by 2006 Harrell had turned his attention to his grandkids, who lived nearby. By that time, he wanted them to be able to ride that old country road without kicking up dust and rocks and pebbles.
His wait is over.
Harrell works security at N.C. Central University. I ran into him last week and he filled me in. The street did eventually get paved, last year, and the Harrell family has been enjoying it since.
"My two grandsons," he told me. "I bought both of them new bikes for Christmas."
Good things, I suppose, come to those who wait.