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    Smile that's a start

    Hello. Would you please tell me the meaning of "that's a start" in the context below?
    I understand a start is a first step in doing something. In this case, I think Dad used it in a negative way. (being sarcastic)
    Or does it just mean "it was the first meal of the day"?
    Thank you.

    from Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
    (In the story, the writer's family has been living in a van. There's no money...)
    "Dad? I'm kind of hungry." I said.
    "Me too, buddy," he said. "Me too."
    "Almost forgot," my mom said, reaching into her tote bag.
    "I grabbed some of the bagels that the chef was about to throw out."
    She pulled out a white paper sack. "They're pretty stale, though. And they're pumpernickel."
    "Well, that's a start," said my dad. He stared out the window.
    "Okay. Let's get this show on the road. Guess I can't stall any longer."
    Last edited by frindle2; 02-Dec-2015 at 06:34.

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    Re: that's a start

    I don't think it's being used negatively. He simply means that it's a good beginning to their collection of food, even if it's all they've got.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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