Autumn Already?

Hey Everyone,

      Well another Summer shot by. I hope it was enjoyable for everyone. It has been a while since we had a regular meetup with the last regular one being on a Tuesday. I am scheduling us for a Monday this time. Hope that you can make it.

For those just joining us... We are a laid back and casual group of people that get together and share information and support concerning divorce without any formal agenda. There is no reason to feel nervous or intimidated about attending the meetups. I can assure you that you will feel welcome and will make many new friends. Traverso's Italian Family Restaurant, Lounge, and Pizzeria - Naperville, ILOpened in 1993 by brothers Mike and Paul Traverso, the second family installment includes a 90-seat dining room, full liquor bar, lounge area for dining or socializing including two large-screen plasma televisions, a party/banquet room with seating for up to 60 guests, and a covered, heated outdoor smoking patio. Traverso's Naperville also offers carryout, delivery and catering, as well as a children's menu.

 (please be advised that the Google map that gets attached to the meetup page is often erroneous)  

 Traverso's Italian Family Restaurant, Lounge, and Pizzeria - Naperville, IL Opened in 1993 by brothers Mike and Paul Traverso, the second family installment includes a 90-seat dining room, full liquor bar, lounge area for dining or socializing including two large-screen plasma televisions, a party/banquet room with seating for up to 60 guests, and a covered, heated outdoor smoking patio. Traverso's Naperville also offers carryout, delivery and catering, as well as a children's menu. Front of Traverso's Restaurant Please feel free to explore our site, view our menus, check out photos of our facility and patrons, and learn about our history. You may also use the directions tab to map your visit with Google maps. From our comprehensive Italian/American menu, award-winning pizza, reasonable prices and attentive service, Traverso's Naperville offers something for everyone. Traverso's Dining Room

 

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  • Karlene O.

    Nice seeing some familiar faces and sharing with new people

    October 17, 2012

  • Sue

    Thank you so much to all of you for making a very difficult first step a little easier. It was great to meet so many people and I look forward to meeting more next time. Stevie and Renee, this is an awesome undertaking on your part and you have brought together some wonderful people who are helping each other in such an amazing way, so thank you!

    October 16, 2012

  • Sherrie

    Thanks so much to everyone last night--you all made me feel so welcomed and comfortable! I enjoyed meeting many of you and am already looking forward to the next event to talk with those I didn't get a chance to speak with.

    October 16, 2012

  • Dale A

    Once again I met the most amazing people all traveling a journey that I know so little about. The openness and sharing of experiences has value beyond measure, and it seems when my focus drifts this group snaps me back to the legal process and difficulties to be encountered so once again life’s experiences trump my preconceived notions of what divorce is… and wishing a bright future to all! THANX

    October 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    didnt rsvp but wanted to make meeting. Hope there is another one before holiday madness starts

    October 15, 2012

  • Barb

    Ended up a crazy evening... Just now getting home and am exhausted! Hope you all had a great time! Next time.....

    1 · October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a new line, as I am trying desprately to reconcile with my husband of 20 years - I will explain later; if I say, "I love you", I get, well, I don't hate you. I have condensed this to: "IDHU".

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make this meeting but am looking forward to the next...It will be a first time meeting for me. I'm in the middle of a high conflict divorce with kids in the middle of a big custody battle....and I'm divorcing a narcissist...not a good combination. i'm looking forward to meeting new people and just having fun and laughter a part of my life again...with a little support from new friends.

    October 15, 2012

  • Antoinette

    I am sorry I had to change my rsvp to no this month . I have three places I need to be Monday night. I hope to attend next time.

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lynsay, tomorow is my first meeting also, and I too am forcing myself to be brave and get out. I look forward to meeting you and others

    October 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for saying that Laura, it will be my first meeting tomorrow and I am a little apprehensive but look forward to meeting others in kinda the same boat, and am forcing myself to be brave and get out!

    October 14, 2012

  • Laura (nickname L.

    I really had such a great time last time we got together although I only met a few people, It's nice to meet people who can almost relate to your own situation even though everyone's is a little bit different. I hope to see you soon . Laura Allen

    October 14, 2012

  • Antoinette

    Ah, now here's the rub....MY income is one third what it was when we were negotiating and HE KNOWS THIS. Both parents should pay expenses for the kids. If I need to charge expenses like the lunch money fund at their school, why can't he pull out the plastic as well? If you can charge an airline ticket you can put $50 into a lunch account, too. I only get $250/mo from him in c.s. so to ask him to pay a few extras sometimes is to me, quite reasonable! You see, Dennis my X still expects me to pay everything so I have more of the dad's perspective than you think! And before you wonder- the kids are with me 28 nights out of 30 each month! I see nothing wrong with relatives helping out as long as it is their idea. One of my sisters has taken us on vacations and paid for camps for my kids. Bless her!

    October 11, 2012

  • Antoinette

    The X continues to frustrate me. I am divorced almost 8 months now so why do I continue to expect his behavior and attitude to ever improve? I spent over 25 years believing in him and thinking he could only do better if given a chance and I STILL want him to be better even after all that has come between us? When will I learn to accept my new reality and the truth that he is only interested in the world as it affects him and no one else and that he is NOT going to suddenly become responsible, adult, and put the children before himself?

    October 10, 2012

    • Jennifer

      I feel your pain Antoinette. I have been divorced for 9 months and still let my ex get to be too. Mine is how he treats (or lack of involvement) with our children and how he has moved on to a new life without them. Even went as far as to move an hour away from them and expect me to drive to pick them up.Will we ever get to a point where we aren't affected by their actions and don't have that control over us?

      October 11, 2012

  • Crystine

    Antoinette, I go through that same frustration. It's been 1 1/2 years for me and I for some reason think my ex will have miraculously have changed and put the kids before self. On a positive note, it always reinforces that I did the right thing (in divorcing him). I'd love to see your show! I bet your GREAT! : )

    October 11, 2012

    • Antoinette

      He recently cried too broke to help with kids lunch accounts, field trips or eye glasses and I found out last night he is off to disney world with gf next week! does he think they don't notice his decisions? To you men in this group, does he make YOU ill, too? gives you all a bad rep, right?

      October 11, 2012

  • Antoinette

    On a happier note, My improv group is doing a XMAS SHOW!! Friday 12/14. We are working on a number of holiday- themed games. More details to come...Save the date!

    October 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dale, I believe pumpkin is native to the Americas. Maybe pumpkin cheesecake has some Italian roots?

    Sue, this will be my first excursion with this group, too. I am a bit nervous, but I want to meet others that are going through similar situations. Strength in numbers, right?

    October 1, 2012

  • Rick B.

    Yep, never imagined it after nine years of marriage either, threw me for a loop. This group is great, you'll enjoy yourself.

    October 1, 2012

  • Sue

    Rick, Thanks, I appreciate the support. Like most others, I never imagined myself where I am but it will be great to meet others who understand. See you there!

    October 1, 2012

  • Rick B.

    Sue - I was nervous my first time here too, but it's a good group who are there to listen to and support each other. Hope to see you there!

    October 1, 2012

  • Dale A

    October already!! Is there such a thing as Italian pumpkin pie?

    Pumpkin per se is not native to Italy, and they have only started to appear in Italy in the past 10 years or so, right around Halloween, for people to carve. As a result Italians don't have anything quite like pumpkin pie or such. What we do have is a yellow squash that resembles butternut squash in flavor and texture, which is used to make risotto, ravioli, and some desserts, and also gets pureed. It's actually quite common, and begins appearing in markets now. Sooo will there be pie?

    September 25, 2012

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