Around the dinner table, my mom is going on and on about how the Chinese respect their elders.
Mom: In the Chinese culture, there is a very large importance placed on respect for elders. You always ask the elders, you want to hear their opinions, you always make sure they are happy with everything...
Me: Sure mom.
Mom: Like at the dinner table you will notice that the elders will have the first bite, and that's the way it should be!
Mom: The elder should have the first bite because it'll probably be their last.
I don't think that's quite what she meant but my mom can be a bit morbid at times.