He received the bicycle for Christmas from Santa and finally decided to learn how to ride. Originally, he was afraid to ride because he would fall and he didn't want to get hurt. Personally, I thought that showed a lot of forethought. But, his daddy was determined that he was going to learn how to ride. Dennis spent many hours helping him with the delicate art of balancing, starting, and stopping. At last the proud moment arrived when he could ride his bike all by himself. I don't know who was the proudest - Dennis or Nikolai!