I’m 52. Here are things I’ve learned:
1. No one has ESP; no one can read your damn mind.
2. If you want something you have to ask for it
3. If you want something to happen, you have to make it happen
4. Sometimes people disappoint you. Only you can determine if they are behaving selfishly or maliciously.
It sounds like that trip is in a separate state, where he and his kids get to see his parents after months apart. So yes, maybe he wanted to spend as much time with his parents since he may not get to see them that often. If they are anything like my parents, that weekend was spent fixing stuff and running errands and listening to them talk about family and friends that you’ve never met.