live like an animal or die

There are two adults and one child. Majority rules. Live like an animal or die.
James Israel (my dad) circa 1974 (i.e. shortly before my birth)
20 years ago I recorded this quote via my mom, but didn't write the context, which was the two of them reflecting on how life would change with the addition of a baby.
The New Nancy by Olivia James is really good!

I went back and read the recent series about the charaters at Art Camp, great fun. Art-y and Camp-y.
[pokes at puffy part of blouse] [sighs] Oh... I was hoping it was air. It's stomach.