Less than two months after the fire bug hit a St Lucy couple for the second time, Earle Boyce and his wife Diana are today trying to find their feet again.
Yet, the husband’s demeanour does not truly reflect the hard times he has had to endure keeping a roof over his head.
Back in 2013, the Ellis Road, Checker Hall, St Lucy home the couple had occupied for 34 years went up in flames, leaving them homeless.
However, Boyce said they worked hard to build a new home in which they had become comfortable, only for them to suffer a similar fate in May of this year.
“I was at work the Friday and when I come home, I saw my house was burnt down. The only thing left was the kitchen and the floor, but everything else was lost. It was a lot of work and that was a new house. Up to now I ain’t get back nothing. So I am trying to save some money to get back one now, but I don’t know when it will happen, but I’m trying to hold on.” Boyce said.
Despite the family’s losses, Boyce continues to have a positive outlook on life, seemingly taking his misfortune in stride.
When Barbados TODAY visited the Checker Hall area on Wednesday Boyce was liming with friends.
Not once did he sound bitter or distressed, choosing instead to focus on the positive.
“It’s nothing I can do. That’s life. I getting through alright. People that know me would give me clothes and making sure I’m good. I still working and thing and trying to save, but to get back a house now that’s a lot of money. Once I get along with certain people I will survive,” he said.
Since losing his home, Boyce has been staying with a friend just a stone’s throw away from his first residence.
His wife, who was injured in the fire and had to be admitted at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, is doing a lot better and lives with relatives.
“She is doing alright now. I saw her Saturday at church. I am going back this week and give her a check up. She is getting through alright, she had a lot of things in her face but it’s coming back now. We trying to hold on and make it easy.”
Boyce, a sanitation worker, said he would like to own a home again, but his dire financial circumstances would make it difficult.
Still, he did not sound like a man who was about to give up.
“I have to look for money to buy one. I went looking but I don’t have the money to buy it. I don’t have money to build back nothing else. I will have to try to help myself. I would take any help once I get it. I don’t know who to call on but I trying right to see if I can pull on my own, but it will take me a while.
“ When I first got a home, I built it myself, nobody helped me. I use to work seven days a week and raise sheep and goats,” a defiant Boyce said.