Ali: 1 and 2 are soft numbers, and three is hard as an apple. 4, 5, and 6 are soft numbers. And 7, 8, and 9 are soft numbers. But 10 is hard as an apple.
Numbers are more than numbers to him still- they are images with texture and form. It's a magic of childhood. I used to have stories in my head as I played the piano- the keys were more than keys to me. I lost somewhere in the duty of practice. I hope Ali keeps number magic longer.