Betty Harp was born in San Benito, Texas, a very small and friendly town. People help each other out and never expect anything in return. As she was growing up, she was fascinated and curious about everything she saw and heard. She was fourteen when they moved to California. Her parents were farm labor workers. Life was hard, but they had each other and they were a close family. Her inspiration for her poetry came from everyday life, as a child, her growing years, her marriage, her children, and her love for nature. Remember the saying, "Slow down and smell the roses"? Well, her saying to you is "Slow down and enjoy life." Remember the past and make a better future.