There was a time when Jill Duggar was Jim Bob and Michelle's golden child.
Jana Duggar is still single; John David took his sweet time getting hitched, and we all know what happened with Josh.
So there's a good chance that Jim Bob and Michelle looked at Jill and the life she had built for herself and felt it had taken them four tries to get it right.
But then something unexpected happened.
After doing everything she was supposed to -- getting married; having kids; covering her legs in floor-length denim, even during blistering Arkansas summers -- Jill decided to rebel.
We don't mean that she took up smoking or developed a fondness for the music of Marilyn Mason, mind you.
No, Jill rebelled by Duggar standards, which means she engaged in behavior that no one outside of the evangelical community would consider rebellious.
Earlier this week, Jill attended the pre-k graduation ceremony of Joshua Gonzalez, son of her close friend Danielle Gonzalez.
And a pic of Jill during the festivities has fans thinking she just doesn't care what Jim Bob thinks anymore.
“Thank you comadre @jillmdillard for always being there for us and for coming out to celebrate Joshua’s graduation!!” Danielle captioned the pic.
A thoroughly innocent occasion, and not the kind of photo that anyone would take issue with.
Unless that person's name happened to be Jim Bob Duggar.
Jill's shorts are a flagrant violation of the Duggar dress code, which compels women to wear long skirts at all times.
While the women are only required to wear skirts that go past their knees, for the most part, they play it safe and sport the floor-length look.
But once the women marry and leave the house, it's their husbands, not Jim Bob, who get to decide what they wear.
And it seems this new generation of evangelical men is considerably more permissive.
When Jinger Duggar began wearing pants back in 2017, she broke the mold -- and some of her sisters soon followed suit.
This is not the first time we've seen Jill wear shorts, but on the previous occasion she was hiking -- and they weren't this short.
So is Jill actually trying to send a message to her father here?
Or was it just a hot day and she wanted to feel comfortable?
Either way, we applaud her for asserting her independence.