Well, call it what you will, but it seems my suspicions were well-founded. :-(
Look, I don’t think anybody’s against a man going out where he wants to without asking his wife’s permission first, I certainly wouldn’t prevent my husband from doing that. But to completely leave town for a whole week including a holiday weekend most men spend with their kids (especially sons), without telling her where he’s going, or even leaving her with contact information in case one of his children may have an emergency? I’m sorry, that’s really a red flag for a marriage in trouble.
And in fact, that’s exactly what it turned out to be.
Sometimes, you don’t really need a degree in psychology at all... just a little common sense.
It’s too bad though, I was hoping to be wrong about this one.